[Octopus]: Wink - Octopus Digueti

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Thanks for changing the title! (I'm clueless at this technical blogging journal stuff, but getting better)

I love watching her arms exploring and her suckers! (claps like a school girl getting an afternoon snack)

She has been playing with the holes in that piece of LR all night. She refused a small piece of shrimp so I don't think its hunger just curiosity. I'm gonna try and back off a good bit. I think I might be scaring her to staying in there. My face is glued to the glass as soon as I see movement.

She just sits in the front of her den looking out.I have started keeping the lights our the past few nights as well. She came halfway out with the lights on and she also did it with red, so I'm still kind of stumped.


There are about 8-10 Blue legs in there to help clean up what I cannot reach or see. I try to get out every piece I can, and she does her cloud wave of color but I try not to get close to her. I found a neat trick with the 2nd fiddler that if I stick it in a Dasani water bottle and fill the bottle with tank water and let it slowly enter her den, she snatches it right up. She really doesn't like the skewer because he grabs it out of my hand each time I feed her shrimp from it. I also take the bottle after she is done, and squeeze out a bit of water to use the bottle as a suction device to grab the pieces just out of my reach. (I'm a short woman)

Husband came in from walking the dogs as I was suctioning the 2nd crab up and he had the look like "What in the world are you doing?" I showed him and he was like ah cool idea.. lol

My Husband wants me to empty out the IM 38G that I put all the fish and corals in and get another one already. lol I told him "Patience my young Padewan Patience"
 

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Don't feel technically challenged about not figuring out how to change the title, you can't. Title change is an oddity (I am sure there is a reason, I just cannot fathom it) of the software permissions or permission groupings and can only be changed by staff member.

Big :thumbsup: to the spouse really enjoying the ceph :wink:

Can the octopus see the other tank? There have been a few cues that suggest octos seem to be more active when being able to view other sea life. I do think the fact that I had no aggression from my female O. briareus toward her male sibling when I put them together to mate (supervised visitation, not cohabitation) was because they could see each other as they grew up. We have also seen male and female animals "dance" at the same time each night even when they were not the same species. There has not been apparent aggression (they can't "smell" each other since the tank water is not shared) in that we did not detect color changes or aggravated skin manipulations. It may be that even visuals of fish (at a distance) may stimulate/enrich, especially after they are comfortable with aggressors never invading their space. This is all conjecture but animals I have kept in my more isolated tanks have typically been less interactive/active and I no longer use those tanks for octopuses.
 

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No the IM 38 tank is in the next room blocked by a half wall. She couldn't see it unless I moved her or the other tank and I don't plan on moving either until this summer maybe when we decide to do our floors. Trying to compromise on which wood floor to get.

My Barnacle finally came in today, and it looks so perfect for the tank. It does smell nasty and I am very curious how to clean it and prepare it instead of just plopping it in the tank. I'm surprised there is no glue holding this thing together. Hoping no chemicals cause that's what the ad said.

Barnacle Cluster
 

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Looks good. The smell is likely a good thing (assuming it is the smell of the ocean and not a glue smell - does not look glued). You need to treat it like live rock and cure it in saltwater until you see no ammonia or nitrite in the water.
 

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I stuck it in a small 4 gallon tank I am using on a Platinum Snowflake Percula. That also has a Shore shrimp Escapee in it. :lol:

I had to turn the barnacle Diagonal but it did fit inside there so perfectly! I think I'm gonna order a few more pieces as these are gorgeous to me under the LED's in this little tank. I have a Black Puzzle Piece Percula that has been beating up on this poor little guy so I had to stick him in this Tank. I water change it once a week now since I stuck on a small canister filter that I also use on it.

Thanks DWhatley for the Barnacle idea!







This is a photo of the sump and Skimmer. The skimmer is sitting on top of a coarse bag of Media pieces for Biological filtration.





I normally don't like using Bio balls or anything like that, but I'm trying to get as much biological filtration as possible so I'm using large ceramic cylinder type media in plastic bags. I rinse them in fresh saltwater every other week. The only pain is taking out the pump on the left and cleaning in that chamber and the tiny one beside it that waterfalls the water to pump back into the tank. I'm short and can not reach. I'm gonna try and find some kind of arm like scrubber for it. I hate using the Brillo pad style scrubbers for fear of scratching the tank worse.
 
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Just noticed the escapee on the barnacle. Can you spot it? o_O

Gonna catch it tomorrow and maybe put it in her tank. I don't think she is going to eat them, but I'm not sure what else to do with them.

She's just sitting there watching me type with that one eye. :cyclops:

She wasn't hungry today so I'm gonna try another fiddler tonight.
 

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Be VERY careful to watch your ammonia in the 4 gallon. Since you noticed an odor on the barnacles, it likely means there are dead critters = ammonia. If I am correct, the barnacles are like uncured live rock and the ammonia and nitrite that will initially be produced can kill the fish.

Rinsing the biomedia that often likely removes much of the beneficial bacteria but since you are using saltwater, it is not likely to be harmful.

Your clown may beat you to the shrimp. I am surprised it has not already eaten it. My Clarkie (we feed it table shrimp pieces) would have consumed it long before it was seen. Shrimp are scavengers so there is no harm in leaving it in the small tank and the clown will likely enjoy it.

Two fiddlers in one night are more than I have ever fed my small octopuses. Since she ate both, she may prefer an every other day feeding schedule. Roy (Neogonodactylus) has reported a feeding schedule for his coldwater animals as every three days, allowing them eat as many as they will take. The bimacs he was reporting on are much larger animals and I THINK I recall him saying that three were a typical feeding quantity (the crabs are likely bigger). If Wink continues to feed heavily (without fasting days), she may be preparing to brood.
 

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I thought about that after I stuck the barnacle in there and I moved it to another tank to be safe.

The clown is still very tiny, and I love to target feed all my fish the leftover thawed shrimp she doesnt eat. So that shrimp is safe for now. lol My other clowns are huge compared to him and I just might toss those shore shrimp in there in a week or so since she refuses to eat them. I may try again, but my hopes arent up on her eating them.

I was also surprised that she ate 2 full fiddlers, but she was only eating tiny pieces of shrimp and the most was 4 pieces in one day. (pencil eraser size) She is probably still adjusting or like you say preparring to brood. I sure hope not. I have no idea how to try to raise any young. And I sure don't have enough tanks. I know only a few survive.
 
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