View Full Version : Raising a Bimac Inklet (journal)

05/05/2013, 09:21 AM
Hi All,

I've posted this over on TONMO as well, but thought I'd chronical it here since I'm on here more.

I picked up a bimac inklet from a local who's adult had ~80 babies. It's name is Kermit. :) He is living in a 5G growout tank with a lid currently. I lose him in there, so he definately can't move to the big tanks yet!

Day one: Living in the hermit crab shell. Eating live brine. He's ~10 days old at this point, and the size of a pencil eraser...maybe smaller:

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy220/alissa190/2013/DSC060751_zps190fe731.jpg (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/alissa190/media/2013/DSC060751_zps190fe731.jpg.html)

~2 weeks later: I started putting small blue legged hermits in the tank. It took his about 3 seconds to grab one...

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy220/alissa190/2013/DSC063241_zpsc0d265ae.jpg (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/alissa190/media/2013/DSC063241_zpsc0d265ae.jpg.html)

Today: He is ~1 month old, eating soley hermits. I need to keep trying to transition him to frozen because this is pricey! He's doing well, growing and you can see his eye spots starting to form.

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy220/alissa190/2013/DSC065101_zpsf2ac9311.jpg (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/alissa190/media/2013/DSC065101_zpsf2ac9311.jpg.html)

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05/13/2013, 05:48 AM
That is stinking cute!
Good luck and keep us posted.

05/16/2013, 09:11 AM
Kermit update! He was out hunting this morning for some hermit crabs (he's eating about 6 a day now...), and returned victorless to his shell. I gave him a piece of krill since I knew he was hungry, and he took it! Not sure if he's eating it or playing with it, but he's been holding it for about an hour.

Also, he inked today. Is that normal for an unstressed octo, or was something stressing him out? At least I think he inked. Maybe he pooped. It was a big BIG black blob, but didn't disperse in the water column.

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy220/alissa190/2013/DSC065721_zps067f0ac2.jpg (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/alissa190/media/2013/DSC065721_zps067f0ac2.jpg.html)

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http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy220/alissa190/2013/Kermit_zps960a3e99.jpg (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/alissa190/media/2013/Kermit_zps960a3e99.jpg.html)

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05/17/2013, 11:03 AM
Wow, that is awesome.

05/22/2013, 04:43 PM
I took a video of Kermit hunting a hermit today. Thought I'd share. Don't mind the kid yabbering at the end, lol

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy220/alissa190/2013/th_8D338F04-9501-41EB-B2CC-91A761521F42-12199-0000048F340D056A_zpsad46fdfc.jpg (http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy220/alissa190/2013/8D338F04-9501-41EB-B2CC-91A761521F42-12199-0000048F340D056A_zpsad46fdfc.mp4)

05/31/2013, 09:23 PM
Wow he is like the cutest little thing Ive ever seen!

06/02/2013, 09:29 PM

jimmy frag
06/05/2013, 06:18 AM

06/05/2013, 01:50 PM
please post more pics... often :)

06/05/2013, 01:51 PM
:) He's moved into the rockwork, so not as easy to photograph. That being said, I'm picking him up a big batch of hermit crabs today, so I expect I'll have more pics later. :)

06/07/2013, 11:03 PM
Here's a couple new pics!

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy220/alissa190/2013/DSC071241_zps11b16373.jpg (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/alissa190/media/2013/DSC071241_zps11b16373.jpg.html)

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06/08/2013, 09:57 PM
Very cool, bimacs are one of the coolest octos IMO.

06/09/2013, 10:55 AM
A few more pics. A little over two months old.




06/09/2013, 10:58 AM
HE IS SO COOL! man o man im probably going to have to start another tank.....

06/10/2013, 10:58 PM
That is one expensive critter to maintain.

06/13/2013, 05:45 PM
He is a bit. He loves blue legged hermits at a dollar a pop. The cheaper ones, not so much, lol.

Here's a new pic from today. You can see his eyespot developing now. His growth really seems to be picking up the pace.


06/13/2013, 09:48 PM
awesome! following along

06/16/2013, 11:49 PM
So awesome! I've always wanted an octo.

06/17/2013, 03:12 PM
:) He is awesome! And he's getting a brand new tank tonight! Along with his coldwater buddies (anemones, gooseneck barnacles, seastars). :)

06/20/2013, 03:59 PM
This is so awesome! I'm bringing my first octo home tomorrow so I've been doing all the research I can until then. Any advice, aside from the obvious SEAL UP MY TANK?

06/20/2013, 04:01 PM
Congrats! What kind? How big?

06/20/2013, 04:09 PM
I'm not exactly sure. The owner of the LFS told me what it was, but I'm horrible with names. It actually looks a lot like yours, now that I think about it. When I saw it, it was just hanging out on the glass and was pretty much a solid gray. At the moment, it's about the size of a cd (maybe a bit larger) when it's fully stretched out.

06/20/2013, 04:15 PM
I'm told that it's probably an Abdopus Sp

07/03/2013, 04:25 PM
A couple new Kermie pics. :)

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy220/alissa190/2013/IMG_0350_zps53125eaa.jpg (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/alissa190/media/2013/IMG_0350_zps53125eaa.jpg.html)

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy220/alissa190/2013/IMG_0345_zps1ea47486.jpg (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/alissa190/media/2013/IMG_0345_zps1ea47486.jpg.html)

07/03/2013, 04:58 PM
Such a cutie. Must be so fun to watch! Thanks for sharing.

07/04/2013, 12:13 AM

07/06/2013, 09:28 AM
One thing you may try is shrimp, ghost or small salt water shrimp can be easily obtained and they will take them readily when hungry. Fiddler crabs are also an option. Mine grew large enough to take eating size blue crabs.

07/16/2013, 04:55 PM
Kermit has moved into a breeder box in the temperate tank. He is not thrilled with this development, but his little nursery was getting too hot. I'll put some pics up as soon as he decides to come out of his shell. Literally, lol

07/17/2013, 07:04 AM
How big of a tank do these guys need when they are mature? I have a 30g tank, wondering if its big enough.
When you say cold water, how cold?
Also, what kind of lighting do they prefer?

Thanks woogie

07/17/2013, 08:52 AM
They get pretty big. A 30G should be OK, but a 50G would be better.

I have his water set at 68 degrees. He was in the growout tank at 72-78 and has grown very slowly. My friend who I got him from (scientist at Scripps Institute) has hers at a higher temp as well, and growing slowly. We are seeing if Kermit grows faster now that he's in the lower temps. Theoretically they are intertidal creatures, so are exposed to higher termperatures, but no one we know has raised them from Inklets to record their growth rate so we don't know if temp is playing a part.

I'd say lower lighting. He seems happier when it's just moon lights or off completely.

Hope that helps!


07/18/2013, 02:31 PM
Some new Kermit pics. He's definately growing, albeit slowly. These were taken with my iPhone, so nothing spectacular. :)

He's moved out of the nursery tank (too hot for summer), into my temperate tank in a breeder box, which is better for him temperature-wise but he doesn't seem overly impressed with the downgrade in space. I keep telling him that he's going to get his own tank when he gets big enough not to get lost, but he just stares me down. ;)

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy220/alissa190/2013/null_zps37fa49ef.jpg (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/alissa190/media/2013/null_zps37fa49ef.jpg.html)

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07/18/2013, 09:13 PM
That is the cutest thing I've ever seen!

07/26/2013, 09:10 AM
Kermie says Hi RC!

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy220/alissa190/2013/null_zpse3dc42f5.jpg (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/alissa190/media/2013/null_zpse3dc42f5.jpg.html)

07/29/2013, 08:44 PM
I had to clean his breeder box today so he got to have a field trip to the counter. Yay!





07/29/2013, 08:51 PM
Such a cutie, whats the expected lifespan of him?

07/29/2013, 08:55 PM
1.5-2 years

08/07/2013, 07:08 PM
One week later, about an inch in growth (diameter)

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy220/alissa190/2013/IMG_1107_zps721037bf.jpg (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/alissa190/media/2013/IMG_1107_zps721037bf.jpg.html)

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08/09/2013, 06:41 PM
are the brittle star and crab friends or foes...buddies or breakfast lol?

believe it or not Octopus are the sole reason I got into wanting my first marine tank. Then I was let down by their short lifespan :(

I still may get an octopus or cuttle someday :) yours is precious!

Sugar Magnolia
08/15/2013, 11:43 AM
That is just the cutest thing!

08/18/2013, 08:04 PM
We built Kermit's new habitat today! He gets a third of the temperate tank to himself! Now play find the inklet! Lol


09/10/2013, 08:23 AM
This is very cool. Updates?

09/10/2013, 08:56 AM
Everything is doing great! Kermit has made a home in a cave and is eating everything in sight, lol.

09/16/2013, 12:35 PM
This is the best.

09/16/2013, 08:38 PM
Here are a couple new pics! Getting big and eats non-stop :) he's dragging a hermit under his mantle back to his cave.



09/17/2013, 05:28 AM
He looks so smug.

09/28/2013, 02:11 PM
this is awesome. great write up wanting to read more. definetly intrested into getting one now. like many thats the reson i setup my reef tank yet still havent gotten one cuz of how hard they are. But would love to see and learn more on them

09/29/2013, 04:42 PM
Kermit escaped his smaller area and now has free reign of the tank

New pics!




10/02/2013, 12:36 AM
Looking great! Growing nice and fast :)

10/02/2013, 03:04 PM
This is pretty much one of my favorite threads on RC now!

10/02/2013, 04:33 PM
Kermit escaped his smaller area and now has free reign of the tank

What an escape artist. TG he didn't decide to leave the tank entirely. You must have freaked out when you looked for him in his area of the tank and he wasn't there. Did he set up a new cave on the other side? Did you remove the partition?
He sure must be fun to watch. Can you post us a little vid of him?

Sugar Magnolia
10/03/2013, 09:39 AM
I'd love to see a video of Kermit. It's just so darn cute!

10/03/2013, 09:41 AM
:) Next time I put a bunch of hermits in the tank for him I'll take a video. Shore crabs he says "eh" about, but hermits?! It's on! lol

He's taken up residence in the cave system that houses the 5 rock shrimp (he was supposed to eat those, lol). I think he hopes they'll just wander into his clutches. He's to lazy to catch those little boogers. They're fast!

10/06/2013, 09:03 PM
Neat. Are all octo's this small to start?

10/09/2013, 06:49 PM
Not sure but I think so.

Kermie pic!


Sugar Magnolia
10/10/2013, 08:48 AM
So cute!!

11/01/2013, 05:07 PM
Growing fast now! Don't mind the cyano, I'm having an annoying bloom



Going after the blenny. Run blenny, run!


Bad pic, cool coloration


Next to the 5 inch bat star for size reference


11/01/2013, 06:23 PM
Great. Can we see pic of the whole tank

11/03/2013, 09:25 PM
Sure, here are a few pics from today





11/05/2013, 01:46 PM
Love his moody little color changes! He gets cuter with every pix.
Can't wait to see the Hermit Crab chow down video!
You really are lucky to have the chance to raise this little guy,

11/15/2013, 06:29 PM

11/22/2013, 08:09 PM
New Kermit pics! And a bonus pic lol

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy220/alissa190/2013/IMG_1839_zps6b66e638.jpg (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/alissa190/media/2013/IMG_1839_zps6b66e638.jpg.html)

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12/20/2013, 10:47 PM
Kermit pics!

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy220/alissa190/2013/87821A84-DF39-4F4D-8580-DF78BE5054FE_zpshalm82fd.jpg (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/alissa190/media/2013/87821A84-DF39-4F4D-8580-DF78BE5054FE_zpshalm82fd.jpg.html)

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12/29/2013, 07:58 PM
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12/30/2013, 08:29 AM
whats his current size? he's so small I wonder if one like him be ok in a reef. Granted small fish and inverts would not last.

12/30/2013, 09:11 AM
He's about the size of a baseball. Most bimacs get a good amount bigger, so we shall see what his final size is. He is 9 months old.

He's a cold water species, so I have a temperate reef. He lives with sea anemones, mussels, starfish etc. There is one blenny in the tank that is living on borrowed time, lol. He will only eat live food, so I'm constantly replenishing his crab supply.

Sugar Magnolia
12/30/2013, 02:48 PM
He's grown quite a bit. Still cute as ever!

12/31/2013, 09:52 AM
Best thread on RC.

01/08/2014, 01:17 PM
I just stumbled upon this thread, what an amazing opportunity to raise him. Great pictures btw.

01/11/2014, 10:51 AM
Great thread!! And Congrats on raising him!

01/16/2014, 08:27 PM
Kermit was on the hunt tonight!

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy220/alissa190/2013/F61AF979-7BA0-40E7-9174-2D7163FF6A0C_zpspcvf6aic.jpg (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/alissa190/media/2013/F61AF979-7BA0-40E7-9174-2D7163FF6A0C_zpspcvf6aic.jpg.html)

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01/28/2014, 08:46 AM
Wow, he is so cool. How does he get the hermits out of their shell? Does he just stick one of his arms in there and yank them out?

01/28/2014, 09:31 AM
He doesn't eat hermits anymore (too small), but when he did I assume he sucked them right now. :) He eats shore crabs and mussels now days. The shore crabs he grabs and pierces with his beak. It's pretty gross, lol

01/30/2014, 12:14 PM
OK, Here's a Kermie video! Hopefully it works. He spent all day trying to get this crab with no luck. But this morning I came down and he was successful! :)

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy220/alissa190/2013/th_2BEA8A7D-C689-4A55-B0AC-156C30DDEBA0_zpszethlufn.jpg (http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy220/alissa190/2013/2BEA8A7D-C689-4A55-B0AC-156C30DDEBA0_zpszethlufn.mp4)

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01/30/2014, 01:03 PM
Don't you worry about him getting injured trying to eat the crab?

Excuse my ignorance because I know nothing about Bimac Inklet, but how does he feed? Do they release some sort of toxin to kill their prey?

01/30/2014, 01:10 PM
Nah, the worst the crab could do is pinch a tentacle.

Yes, he releases a nerve toxin and then drills in. It's pretty gross, lol

02/08/2014, 07:23 PM
gorgeous little guy! once i get some experience under my belt I may try one of these on for size! think it would be cool to keep such an interesting, intelligent creature.

02/08/2014, 11:17 PM
Wow has he gotten big!

02/22/2014, 08:45 AM
Thanks for sharing! Very very cool!

02/25/2014, 07:18 PM
Some Kermit pics using my new phone that takes underwater pics! Kermit was not impressed lol

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy220/alissa190/2013/IMG_20140225_061006_zpsmfx17cnz.jpg (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/alissa190/media/2013/IMG_20140225_061006_zpsmfx17cnz.jpg.html)

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http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy220/alissa190/2013/IMG_20140225_060815_zpsnbx2nyil.jpg (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/alissa190/media/2013/IMG_20140225_060815_zpsnbx2nyil.jpg.html)

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03/02/2014, 06:11 PM
Most awesome thread on here. So cool.

03/02/2014, 07:48 PM
what camera phone can take those great pics

03/02/2014, 07:53 PM
Thanks, Sony XperiaS1. It's waterproof with a 20mp camera

03/05/2014, 03:11 PM
Very cool captive you have there Woogie. Have you been able to get your inklet to feed on other foods yet?

03/06/2014, 05:20 PM
He eats live crabs and has started taking frozen fish. On a side note....he stole my tongs!

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy220/alissa190/2013/IMG_20140306_023933_zpsfsjipdgt.jpg (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/alissa190/media/2013/IMG_20140306_023933_zpsfsjipdgt.jpg.html)

03/06/2014, 06:20 PM
AW, look at the silly cute baby!
Maybe he's decided that tweezers = food, so if he steals the tweezers he gets food.

03/07/2014, 09:32 PM
Kermit is awesome, and this is an awesome thread !! Love these little guys :)

03/08/2014, 07:01 AM
not looking so little anymore.. you need a bigger tank!!!

03/08/2014, 07:18 AM
:) he's in the 75g now, so he should be ok.

Sugar Magnolia
03/08/2014, 10:46 AM
Glad to see Kermit is doing well!

03/08/2014, 11:49 AM
Very cool

03/14/2014, 02:05 PM
You would think he'd give up the tongs for another serving lol

From tip to tip how large is this guy now?

03/14/2014, 02:06 PM
I'd say 10-12 inches spread out.

03/16/2014, 09:09 AM
Underwater phone + curious Bimac = tug-o-war! I haven't heard my 8 year old son laugh that hard ever, lol.

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy220/alissa190/2013/IMG_20140316_080111_zpsuaocbvbx.jpg (http://s793.photobucket.com/user/alissa190/media/2013/IMG_20140316_080111_zpsuaocbvbx.jpg.html)

03/17/2014, 04:29 AM
Kermit just wanted to take a selfie, cephalopod selfie.

03/19/2014, 11:36 AM
Wow, that is super cool! Definitely a pet most people do not have.

03/20/2014, 11:41 AM
Great thread!!! I am starting my own octo tank on here as well and just picked up a t5 light fixture. What bulbs to you use in yours? Mine is a 4 bulb.

03/20/2014, 11:42 AM
I have a t5 with a blue, a purple, and two whites

03/29/2014, 09:12 PM
This is the best thread I've seen in a long time! I think my husband is sick of hearing "aww how cute!" Lol makes me want an octopus so bad!

04/08/2014, 12:12 PM
jesus this makes me want one. i saw a little inklet in my LFS not too long ago and almost cried because i dont have a tank for the full grown one. also loving the "celph'-ie! lol

04/11/2014, 10:08 PM
Guess who's turning one tomorrow? That's right, Kermit! Yes, I'm a huge nerd, but raising him from a 10 day old inklet has been one of the coolest experiences ever! Happy Birthday Kermit!

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04/13/2014, 05:51 AM
Congratulations :)

04/28/2014, 11:47 PM
Very cool thread! Thanks for posting, and happy late birthday to Kermit.

04/29/2014, 05:03 PM
This is the coolest thread ever. Thank you a million for the update.
Hope Kermit for a super yummy treat for his B Day? And a fun preside to open/ play with.

05/17/2014, 12:01 AM
Two big thumbs up to this thread and your dedication :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Happy belated, Kermit.

Sugar Magnolia
05/17/2014, 01:12 PM
Guess who's turning one tomorrow? That's right, Kermit! Yes, I'm a huge nerd, but raising him from a 10 day old inklet has been one of the coolest experiences ever! Happy Birthday Kermit!

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Love this collage!

05/18/2014, 11:28 AM
Ya, that collage of Kermit from the snail shell to now is so awesome! More videos please!

05/19/2014, 06:31 PM
New Kermie pics!

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05/31/2014, 02:50 AM
So beautiful. Thank you for sharing his life with us. Truly a sight.

06/09/2014, 08:37 PM
Thanks for sharing! He's the cutest!

06/09/2014, 08:39 PM
How big is he now?

06/18/2014, 07:19 PM
He's about 18 inches when he's stretched out. Most of the time he's compressed into softball size. :)

06/18/2014, 07:56 PM
we need some video

06/19/2014, 07:47 AM
What's he eating these days?

06/19/2014, 08:09 AM
He's eating shore crabs, mussels and clams. I'll try and make a video for you guys soon. :)

Sugar Magnolia
06/19/2014, 11:46 AM
I'd love to see video of him eating.

06/22/2014, 09:50 AM
Out pacing for food. After water change dude!

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06/23/2014, 07:30 PM
So cool! Where did you get your temperate anemones? Also, where do you get your food?

06/23/2014, 07:31 PM
Cold water aquatics. They're great guys.

06/23/2014, 11:25 PM
Oh missed the food question. Clams and mussels from whole foods. Crabs locally. I also just realized I forgot to answer your PM. I'll do it tomorrow!

Sugar Magnolia
06/24/2014, 10:55 AM
Kermit updates make me smile. Thanks!!

06/27/2014, 07:57 AM
Awesome! Great job and what an amazing animal.

06/27/2014, 02:23 PM
So, Kermit has been acting a little odd lately. He's out of his den 80% of the time, and a bit agitated (running into the side of the tank occasionally). He's still hunting and eating.

I'm wondering if he has outgrown his den that he carved out under the rocks, so I am going to get him a chiclid rock today (large hollow rock) to see if he likes that better. A large beer bottle has also been suggested, but I don't know that he would squeeze down the neck. He's a lazy bum.

Hopefully that's all it is, but he is almost 15 months and could be coming to the end of his life span. Sadness thought. :(

Sugar Magnolia
06/28/2014, 12:24 PM
Yeah, unfortunate that they have such short lifespans. Hopefully a new den will settle him down.

07/03/2014, 02:04 PM
Their life span is the only reason I've never acquired one, I get really attached to pets. In all reality the only thing that has kept them from ruling the world is their short life spans.

07/03/2014, 02:30 PM
He has of course gone back into his old den, and has settled down. But now he's not coming out as much. The folks at Tonmo have posited that perhaps he was looking for a mate. We shall see!

07/04/2014, 08:45 AM
To tell if he is looking for a mate all you need to do is draw two eyes on the back of your hand just above your knuckles and then put your hand in his tank and wiggle your fingers.

08/05/2014, 09:40 AM
Was the acting a little strange the start of Senescence. Sure would like an update. I have kept octos for years and was fallowing Kermit on Tonmo. You posted much more here. My next octo will be posted on RC since it seems a lot of Reefers like Octos.

08/05/2014, 09:46 AM
I think it is. He's not quite himself, doesn't eat as much and doesn't den anymore. He hangs out on the glass all day.

I have an issue posting on TONMO, so more updates here :)

08/05/2014, 10:40 AM
Let me guess. someone said something on Tonmo. If you read the exotic species on tonmo you will see the issues I had because I kept A wonderpus that I resqued from a tank full of large fish, Kept by someone who knew nothing about octos. I think what frustrated me more is I found a way to keep a wonderpus alive and happy until senescence. I dont let it bother me to much but it still kind of frustrated me.
I would think its Senescence. Sorry because you have had him so long. As far as i know Bimacs only live about 14 months but so few get one at such a young age so I think some of the info about them are incorrect. Do you have plans to get another?

08/05/2014, 10:44 AM
I want to make sure you understand I am not mad at Tonmo and still go there and post.

08/05/2014, 10:44 AM
Ah, that stinks. No, no issues in that department, I just literally have issues posting there. :) My user ID and password keep getting messed up, and the pics don't upload half the time.

I think he has another couple months, most likely. He's still hunting, just not eating as much as before and getting much pickier. He doesn't eat his mussels/clams anymore (maybe he doesn't have the strength?), and he doesn't eat as many crabs as before.

As for another? Maybe...I do want to get some other cold water creatures eventually, that having an octo in the tank wouldn't work. Like fish, lol.

08/05/2014, 11:02 AM
I understand. Is this your only tank? would you consider a warm water one? In a few months the Obraires will be around here and I have friends that are crabbers so they find them quite a bit. I am going to be shipping a few out to tonmo members when they come around. I would love to try A Bimac but they are never around here. I also dont have a cold water set up though I have a couple of chillers and plenty of equipment that I could set up if i could find one. Do they come around up in North Cal often? I know you cant collect them in Cal
Has Kermit slowed down on color changes? I noticed when all of mine where close to senescence they slowed way down on color changes. Plus all the other things like slow eating and staying out all the time. Also mine seems to lose some eye sight

08/08/2014, 10:54 AM
I've done tropical in the past, but I'm happy with temperate for now. I got bored with the warm water :)

He's been looking a bit pale lately, and sitting sideways (if that makes any sense). Wah.

08/09/2014, 09:35 AM
I agree. I have had a couple of Car Reef octos and a merc. I will never do a merc again unless the tank is in my bedroom. Never see it during the day. I am on the hunt for a Vulgaris. The first octo I ever had was a vulgaris and he was fantastic. So much fun, Big, and so much personality. I kept him in a way to small tank but he did great for 16 months. Tank was a 40" 50-60g and he could easy reach side to side. His color changes were great and so fast. It was also 17 years ago before Tonmo and all the info we have today on them. They have become hard to find.

08/21/2014, 02:54 PM
Kermie says hi :) Still hanging in there, not eating as much but did eat a crab a few days ago.

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08/31/2014, 07:57 PM
My old man...18 months next week...

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09/20/2014, 10:15 AM
Kermie passed away this morning, at 18 months. He laid in my hand while he took his last breaths. RIP Kermie, you were amazing and it was such an incredibly interesting and fun 18 months.

09/20/2014, 10:21 AM
im sorry for your loss. kermit was beautiful and im sure everyone will agree when i say we all appreciate your putting his life on here for us to see.

09/21/2014, 11:28 AM
Awww. I'm so sorry for you loss. I always enjoyed when I saw the Kermit thread pop up in my subscribed thread list.

09/21/2014, 11:44 PM
Hi, Sorry for your loss, Unfortunatelly octopusses are an amazing adventure that does not last long. 18 month is almost maximum life span for a bimac, means Kermit's life was great :)

09/22/2014, 06:13 AM
what a great thread.. sorry for the loss. great 18 months..

09/22/2014, 10:16 PM
I've enjoyed reading about Kermit. What a wonderful opportunity you had, I'm sorry for your loss.

Sugar Magnolia
09/23/2014, 06:17 AM
That little octo had a wonderful life. You took such good care of him. RIP Kermit. :(

09/23/2014, 06:37 AM
Kermie was a beautiful and well loved family member, I can tell. Shucks just finding this thread now, but I enjoyed the whole thing. RIP Kermit! I have an eel named Ellie who is my favorite girl and has her own tank too. I'd love an octo but again, the lifespan :(

09/23/2014, 04:57 PM
You afforded this guy the best possible life a captive octo could have. I feel so bad for your loss. Even though you knew this ahead of time it doesnt make it easy. I had a frilled sea hare that came in as a baby on some algae. He was one of my favorite pets. He would climb into your hand if you had some macro algae for him. I was so bummed when he died. I cant imagine losing a critter as cool as your bimac. On the bright side Catalina gobies next? Maybe a temperate catshark?

09/23/2014, 04:59 PM
Thanks guys. The tank feels so empty now! Although the crabs he left behind, and my one blenny are all excited. I didn't realize how many crabs were in there until they realized that Kermie wasn't stalking them anymore!

09/23/2014, 05:45 PM
I just found this thread today too and I so enjoyed reading it from start to... end. So sorry for your loss. :( I have raised Giant Rainforest Mantises from tiny babies to the end so I know what that's like; even though you know they have a short lifespan, it's still hard to see them go. Thanks for posting such wonderful photos and video and sharing his life with everyone. So cool. :)

09/24/2014, 07:11 AM
Just read this all today and wow! What an amazing thread.

Sorry for your loss. RIP Kermie.

09/24/2014, 03:34 PM
Just read this whole thing. I was so fun watching and reading from a little inklet and can't imagine what it was like to actually experience it. I'm sorry for your loss. :(
RIP Kermie

09/30/2014, 12:04 PM
Sorry for the loss.

09/30/2014, 04:21 PM
Kermie passed away this morning, at 18 months. He laid in my hand while he took his last breaths. RIP Kermie, you were amazing and it was such an incredibly interesting and fun 18 months.

Oh no! I feel for ya man. Thank you for documenting his life for us. It was awesome to see him grow up.

10/07/2014, 12:24 PM
Sorry for your loss. Been there. 18 months is a great run with an octo but it also gave you so much time to get attached. RIP Kermie. I know you said cold water only but if you change your mind In a couple weeks there will be warm water ones around. Just PM me