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Escaped but alive??

Vonsamhain

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Chia;103734 said:
Hey all - thanks to those who tried to help out my little self-mutilating friend. I checked the water levels, they were all on target. We get our water straight from a filtered ocean tap, so I did a 1/3 change, but he is just getting worse. He is no longer moving, even when food is right by him...though he did try to reach out for my hand when I put it in there. Big bummer, he'll be dead my morning. I think I'll go cry now.

The biggest pitfall of being a responsible Octo keeper is the death of the octo despite best intentions. Sorry to hear about all this.

IMO, nitrates are best kept low by macroalgae (sump/refuge), water changes, and deep sand beds. I used chemicals as a new tank keeper decades ago, but never a good idea for long term at all IMO.
 

Vonsamhain

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shipposhack;103729 said:
A 5 gallon refugium will do next to nothing for a 50 gallon tank, for example. In my opinion, refugiums are fairly pointless unless they are at least 1/3 the size of your display.

Im gonna have to disagree with you there. Every bit CAN help, and it also depends on how it is set up. A 5 gallon macro algae tumbler (string algae) with a strong grow light can pull out HUGE amounts of nitrate from a tank 10X its size. You can put alot of algae in 5 gallons if its tumbling below say 20-40 watts it will fill that entire space.
 

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:sad: Sorry to hear the octo's getting worse. It sounded pretty grim, but I was hoping it would recover.
 

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