[Octopus]: Wayne - Macropus Complex First Ever Octopus

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Hi there,

I've just received my first ever octopus after a lot of reading and watching an empty tank for what feels like ages.

I got him about eight hours ago, and he's been roaming his new tank exploring. He's now sitting in a corner, with a white colouration.

I wondered if anyone would be able to help identify him, or lead me to a website/article that would help me to find out what species he is? The supplier was vague, and didn't supply a latin name. When he wanders around the tank, he is usually a lovely red colour.

Also, one of his legs appeared to have been cut, but there is a small piece regrowing out of it. The leg is a lot shorter than all his rest (about half the size maybe). Do octopus regrow their legs?

I will post more photos when he decides to move around a bit more.

Thanks! :)

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I'll make a 40% call (99% if this is a Caribbean animal and imported but don't know of a similar species in Europe - I am quite sure it is not your common octopus, O. vulgaris) that this is Octopus briareus. Typically more red and, again imported but from Indonesia, there is a higher possibility - given your location - it is of one of the Macropus complexes (that can often look like O. briareus in some colorations). In either case the species is nocturnal. O. briareus will often learn to come out with lower lighting in the early evening, especially if you feed consistently anytime after sunset (often this can be pushed earlier as the sun sets earlier toward winter). The Macropuses we see are very nocturnal and are rarely seen during the day (mine would feed and be active at 3:00 AM). You can view other's journals for both species by using the links attached to the names in the List of Our Octopuses 20xx threads at the top of this forum . Let us know when he has a name so I can include it in the list. Here is a link to Puddles' journal (Macropus (sp)). You will find many O. briareus in the lists.

Your new ward NEEDS a den and that is fully dark during the day. You can create one with live rock or add something like a PVC pipe or other plastic objects. They are sensitive to stress and without a fully dark home will not survive long. The first two weeks (or so) will normally show a different (more friendly, active) behavior than after it is full acclimated. After full tank acclimation, seeing it out often in full daylight is a sign of senescence (old age).

Missing arms (or sections of arms) is a normal condition and it is rare to find a wild animal with all arms intact. The fact the you are seeing regrowth is a good sign and over time the truncated arm will be hard to detect. They use their arms to investigate rock for prey. Often enough, they find crabs (particularly blue crabs) that can remove an arm. Depending upon size, the crab may find the arm a suitable dinner or the octopus will dine. Octopuses are considered a major nuisance to crabbers because they raid the crab and lobster traps with regularity.
 
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DWhatley,

Thank you so much for your incredibly useful reply! I will read up on the links you sent. I've added some PVC tubes and made a couple caves out of live rock, which he has explored but seems to prefer to sit watching me (at the moment, anyway) and my other aquarium.

Would a red LED light, or even a blue filter onto the white lights I have at the moment make him feel more comfortable? My lfs sells red/blue LEDs so I can easily buy one.

Thanks again! :)
 

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Just as I sent that reply, he has gone and hidden under a large piece of rock. He has colored up more since his arrival.

I think I will call him "Wayne". :)
 

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Definitely use red lighting. You can go fairly bright with the red and not seem to interfere with activity. Blue is thought to possibly be worse than white light for their eyes. I have experimented with both blue and red and can say there is a definite difference. Interestingly the O. briareus and O. macropuses I have kept will tend to den under the red light vs under the totally dark (I keep half the tank dark and half under red light) side.
 

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Great looking octo you have. Enjoy and please take lots of pics and vid and post. Tell us about the things he/she does. what he/she eats. The more you share the better. As far as lights red is the way to go so you can see him. If you dont want to pay LFS prices you can get red lights at a Home depot "Not sure you have those in Scottland" Some kind of home improvement store, Just a cheap fixture and I used red curly floresent bulbs 25watt. They worked great and cheap.
 

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Thank you both for your replies. :)

It's 2am here and I think he's decided to have a nap after a couple days of traveling! Earlier today he cracked open a cockle and ate that.

Do you recommend anything to stimulate his mind; toys, etc? I have some pvc pipe in there (large pieces to hide, small pieces to play around with).
 

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Yes Toys are a great thing but give him some time to get used to his new home first. Wait maybe a week then you can try some. Also i have to ask what is a cockle? I will try and look it up on Google. Ok I looked it up. salt water clam. Very cool. At least those should be pretty simple to clean out of the tank and wont make the mess that crabs do. I tried a few different clams with Tranny but he would only take one now and then. Then again every octo is different. Good luck with wayne or waynette
 

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I got a pack of them from my lfs. They are gamma treated, so they're safe for fish. He seems to like cracking them open and I just need to remove the shell when he is done. :)
 

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Hoping to see some more pics soon or even a video so we can get a positive ID and A sex. This will help with the name. I really like waynette LOL. If you take pics or vid and it seems like it not very good dont worry about it. Post it anyway. Sometimes the bad pics and vid will still show male or female.
 

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