[Octopus]: Ellen after Harlie

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We received a new dwarf octopus after Harlie passed on, Ellen. Ellen is much skittish and hides as soon as she is disturbed. Another difference is Ellen inks very easily. Harlie only inked once when she arrived, Ellen has already inked three times. Today we found what seems to be a small crustation.
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, about 1/8 long. They are attached to the back wall by what might be a string of some sort. We crashed about 10 of them today.
 


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Ellen was under a rock and when we lift up the rock she holds onto the substrate. Finally after about 5 minutes, she lets the substrate loose and hides.
 
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Ellen inks when she is disturbed, so I thought I show how one stretch of ink looks. It seems thick enough to hold together in salt water, it does not form a cloud, but streaks
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The ink is not like a cloud, but streaks of black.
 
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This picture shows the parasite that lives on Ellen. It looks crushes, when attached to the aquarium back it seems to be attached with a string and requires concentrated scrapping to get it completely lose.
There are several on the eye and arms. The are spreading to the aquarium back and rocks.
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Here is one more picture to help with the identification. the white lines on the mantel can change in intensity and size. The two mantel "horns" and the two mantel white spots seem to be part of the anatomy. Ellen often swims with two of the arms curled up as in the picture
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I was gonna say the same (fwiw)
This picture shows the parasite that lives on Ellen. It looks crushes, when attached to the aquarium back it seems to be attached with a string and requires concentrated scrapping to get it completely lose.
There are several on the eye and arms. The are spreading to the aquarium back and rocks.
It's hard to see (pic is very small), but it sounds like a very big problem; these things seems to go south very quickly -- but, how are things looking here after the weekend?
 
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Yes, Ellen catches a Fiddler crab every other day.
I don't know what chemical would be safe to try to kill the parishes.
I was wondering if it is possible to hold her and physically remove the 1/8 inch "crustaceans".
I know this would be difficult, but is there an octopus doctor in the house!
 

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