Al's journal

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Blinky used to harass the snails in her tank until they eventually gave up and died. She would rip them off the glass and carry them around like a toy or something. She would ocassionally eat them, but usually she just killed them...I guess for fun.

Really was a PITA having to find them and remove them lol. Usually when she ate crabs she'd take the legs and shells and use them for her den.
 

sedna

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Al has died

:angel:Well, this hard week as a zoo keeper has come to the worst possible end, for both Al the octo and Saltador the collard lizard...

The lizard was too sick to travel yesterday, so we left him home, he had passed by the time we returned. Al was pasted to the glass, pale but alert. This morning Al was hiding in the rock work for a while, but by the afternoon (just as we were preparing to bury the lizard) Al was lying in the bottom of the tank, dead but somehow peaceful looking. Al was a really great pet, the most fun marine animal I've ever had.

Looking back over the photos of Al, I see that he started loosing color about 2 weeks ago, and my husband admitted that he noticed corkscrewed arms sooner than I posted, too. Honestly, though, as Al is my first I really didn't know what to look for in an octo and he could have been showing signs bad health much earlier. I checked all of my H2O parameters and they're good, of course the nitrates in the 55 gal. are now at 0 ppm...

So now I am left with mixed feelings. I'm trying not to second guess myself too much, but then if I made any mistakes it's good to know so that I don't repeat them. What are all of the constructive steps I can take to make sure I've got everything ready for the next ceph? I feel like such a failure right now (I know it's made worse by the double whammy), like maybe I shouldn't try again, that I'm not a good enough aquarist for an octo. I was only able to keep Al alive for 1 1/2 months! Then I think of a recent post "corw314's" journal and think maybe I shouldn't give up.

As for next ceph, I'd so love to find a captive bred octo, does anyone have a source? If not, what are FAVORITE on-line sources (I know I can re-read journal entries but what are the BEST bets?)? It seems that there are lots of aculeatus or similar breeds popping up in the local LFS, what can I look for as GOOD healthy signs, I obviously know to avoid corkscrewed arms (is that just a sign of senescence or of poor health in general?)!

I am planning to not try to get a new octo until after the kids start school and we get back from MACNA (who wants to meet up there?), any suggestions on what I should keep in the tank until I find a new octo?

Finally, a big thank you to everyone at Tonmo who has given me help and encouragement! It is because of the information I found here and knowing I could get real time help that made me take the leap into the world of octopus husbandry. Thank you all for helping me realize my lifetime dream of having an octopus!!
 
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Ouch... I'm really sorry about both of your animals.

Don't get discouraged. We all know how it feels.

You could assemble an interesting clean up crew to occasionally feed and keep the tank going, then you don't have to worry about catching anything when you do get another octopus.
 
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RIP Al. :angelpus:
Sorry about Al Sedna, but don't be too hard on yourself. One of the major issues with wild-caught octos is they tend to be old and nearing death. The corkscrewing and color-loss are typical indicators of just that.
 

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RIP Al.

Please don't beat yourself up over it, it sounds like Al was just near the end of his lifespan. You certainly didn't do anything wrong, and it sounds like he enjoyed his time with you.
 

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RIP Al:angelpus: and Saltador, too.

The most difficult part of being an octopus owner is the short lifespan. It's seems like things are going so well, and then they slip away. Sorry for your loss.

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:angelpus: RIP Al and Saltador. The slow decline of your octopus sounds more like senescence rather than your husbandry skills. It is heartbreaking that they live such a short time.
 

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R.I.P. Al and Saltador. :angelpus: We will all miss you. :heart: Sounds to me though like you didn't do anything wrong, just that when you caught him, he was already at an old age.
 
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