What is your favorite octopus type?

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  1. Lime

    Lime O. vulgaris Registered

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    Hey all, I was wondering everyone's opinions about thier favorite octopus(es) as pets are. Personally, I like bimacs and briareus'. I used to like the blue ring, untill I realised it's bite can kill you in like 3 minutes, lol. Anyways, if this has been posted already, I apologize for reposting it.
     
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    daddysquoc Wonderpus Registered

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    i like (as pets) bimaculoides and briareus as well. as animals (not as pets) i like mimics and O. cyanea
     
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    Lime O. vulgaris Registered

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    Yeah, I meant as pets. Sorry I didn't clarify that. I'll add it now.
     
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    Animal Mother Architeuthis Supporter

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    I'm quite fond of the O. hummelincki. The skin texture and color is just about endless in its abilities, and the common disposition of them is perfect as far as the "pet" aspect goes. Day active, curious, and fairly bold. Unfortunately being a small-egged species is a big drawback. O. vulgaris seems to be very similar to the O. hummelincki, just larger, so I'd like to give them a try someday when I have a big enough tank and find a reliable source.

    I love my O. briareus, for its disposition is very well suited to my liking, but I wish it wasn't quite as aggressive as it is. It has never inked, not the least bit shy. Despite the O. briareus' nocturnal tendencies mine is always willing to come out and play during daylight. It just doesn't have the interesting variety of colors and textures many other species do. On the other hand, I haven't seen any other species that show the sky blue coloration. I guess you could say it's unique in that way. A. aculeatus shows some really neat behaviors I haven't observed in the other species I've kept.

    You have to consider though that the ones we have kept are all individuals and their "personality" isn't necessarily representative of other individuals within the same species. And really what it boils down to is how much you enjoy their company. Isn't that the point of having a pet?

    I've never gotten to keep a Bimac. No chiller on my tank and it gets pretty hot here in Texas in the middle of Summer. Maybe one of these days they will be more common once again. The large-egg aspect makes them very desirable.

    If I could dedicate an entire room to modifying into a large aquarium and afford the project, O. cyanea would win hands down. Impressive size and skin displays, very much a day active species, could observe it from across the room and make out all the details. Maybe even dive in and hang out with it :)

    Really though there are so many different species with unique characteristics it's hard to say realistically.
     
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    Lime O. vulgaris Registered

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    Animal Mother, it was a simple question. :) But I like the response. ;)
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    AM, nice overall summary. I do have a slight grin about your willingness to dive with one IF it was in your own aquarium but then you did not freak out when Kalypso did jump on your hand in spite of your comment two days before.
     
  7. Animal Mother

    Animal Mother Architeuthis Supporter

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    Hey it's a nice thought anyway. I'd consider it. I might think twice if the experience presented itself... but it is a nice thought :) After watching all the GPO dive encounter videos I've seen, I wouldn't think there'd be too much danger in a small enclosure, rather than several meters below the oceans surface.
     
  8. Animal Mother

    Animal Mother Architeuthis Supporter

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    I tend to rant a lot.
     
  9. Lime

    Lime O. vulgaris Registered

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    Nothing wrong with that. :)
     
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    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    that's a relief :rolleyes:
     
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    Lime O. vulgaris Registered

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    Lol Monty. :)
     

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