Bored octopus.. is it bad?

nuro

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-- i was recently switched to night shift so i am not home 4 nights a week now. ive had my octo for 3 monthes and i typically would play with him when he would come out at night. since i switched i havent been able to and, beign nocturnal, is already asleep when i get home in the morning.

-since the switch he hasnt been coming out much even when i am home at night. should i be worried? water quality is still fine, he still has a healthy apitite but is just hiding more. this is my first octo so i'm not sure what to expect in terms of behaivor
 
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How big is your octopus? It is possible that your octopus is preparing to lay eggs. It is also possible that it changed its behavior since you changed your behavior.
 

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I have found with mine that considency is important over a fairly long period (daily for a month or more). Missing a day or two of interaction (like being gone a weekend) will impact socialization but only briefly. I am not sure about long term changes like 4-5 days of no interaction and then 2 days interacting. It is possible the octo will adjust but I still don't have a good feel for their sense of time and memory.

Brooding behavior, on the other hand, is natural and very strongly part of their physical make-up.
 

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yep, you guys nailed that one. she laid eggs.

ok, so next question: ive read alot of varying reports but how much longer should i expect her to live,and in the mean time is there anything special i should do as far as lighting and food for her?

im goignt o guess the eggs are unfertilized since ive have had her for monthes and she lived solo. she tripled in size sicne i got her.
 
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We had Varys a month before she laid fertile eggs and Dwhatley had Trapper for two months before she laid fertile eggs.

Varys lived a month after the eggs hatched, but she ate very small quantities during the brooding period. Trapper lived even longer. On the other end of the spectrum, Beluga ate almost nothing while brooding and died on the fourth day of hatching. You can search the journal forum for those names.

I would keep the lighting consistent with whatever you've been doing up to this point.

Do you know what species your octopus is?
 

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i dont use the lights in the tank at all, other then when cleaning, it gets and always has gotten slightly diffused(to keep the heat down) natural sunlight for about 4 - 6 hours a day

im not sure of the species im in fl so im assuming carribian but it was labled as atlantic so who knows. the eggs are suprisingly pretty big ive been trying to read up on raising them but i dunno how much luck ill have.

edit* i cant seem to find anywhere if im supposed to move them away from the mother when they hatch.. it already a low flow tank. anyone have input?
 

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The mother should not be a problem. She will barely eat, if at all during the brooding and afterwards. You may want to find a large breeder net (possibly a couple) to place in the aquarium (include small shells for dens) so that you can keep tiny food close to the young and keep the fry out of the filtration.
 

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she is eating a little, but ya, not much at all. ive got a ton of shells in there and have plany more i can put in. as far as the breeder net goes, i already have puchased a large prefilter for the intake but im not sure how strung the "suck" is goign to be and if they can manage to pull themselves off. id be afraid a bredder net would just get ripped down by the mother.
 

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Once the eggs hatch, I doubt mom will be interested in doing much at all, so babies in a breeder net won't be a problem. In my experience (there have been others to the contrary) once the babies hatch, mom will hang out in her den area and slowly die- it's hard to watch, but respiration will become more and more labored until she passes. She won't show interest in the babies!

This is very exciting because large egged babies actually have a chance of making it! It would be great if you could post any pics of mom to get an ID. What day (the date) did she start brooding? Please keep us all filled in on this experiment, it would be SO cool to have a source tank raised eggs!
 

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