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this is where i got mine. The packaging is pretty good and they are covered for 14 days. The indo pacific is usually an Aculeatus, which is good for tanks that are smaller than 55gal. I have mine in a 46gal bowfront and she is very happy. Aculeatus are diurnal and very interactive! The only problem with this site is that they are usually older octos.
Actually, I believe they do still honor their posted guarantee and the 14 day guarantee is listed with the description of this one (as with Maya in Diver's Den which they honored because of incorrect species and the fact that she started showing brooding behavior immediately - which would not have been the case with an actual maya this small. Additionally O. maya eggs would have been large with a potential for aquarium rearing). The footnote says it is expert only but I cannot find anywhere that thay reduce the guarantee (alive arrival is clearly stated).
Unlike most of their info, it is not clear as you wade though the small print and I went to several different pages. If the 14 day guarantee was not highlighted on the page you really would not have an argument if they said it arrived alive only. They may do it this way to choose to NOT give the full guarantee at some point.
you could just dive near the shore and look for one. If you have a big enough pot to take it.. just poke it, and make him come out. Put the pot behind him, and he will blindly swim into it. Be carefull not to harm it. Advice: ensure you close really well the tank when you introduce it, they easily escape.
do you know if you can dive for them in new england? i thought they liked warmer waters than what we have in boston. i am really trying to find a reliable source for an octopus bc i am going to set up an aquarium pretty soon so that it can mature and i can get an octopus in about 3 months. does anyone sell them on the site? any advice would be much appreciated.