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simple;104059 said:
well amazingly Fecha figured out how to open her "critter cage" (by sliding the door back and then pushing up) and she is now free in my main tank. I saw her hiding behind a rock but she hasnt come out since then. There are two live shrimp in the tank with her and several snails in there too in case she gets hungry.

Hee! I love it when pets turn out to be cleverer than planned! I'm glad she didn't get into any trouble, of course...
 

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yea shes pretty smart. I was going to post pics of her today but im not sure if i will still be able to. It depends on whether shell come out today or not since i cant see her anymore. I'm hoping Tropical Strom Noel won't hit us... i have a back up battery air pump and extra saltwater, but its still a pain to have the power go out.
 

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ok, well still no sign of Fecha but i decided to show you guys a pic of her home, a 110 gal. tank.
 

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Simple,
Unless you have that one rock glued in (the one highest in the tank and against the overflow), you might consider relocating it to where it won't present a potential toppling hazzard.

If you can find a conch shell or some of the large purple and white barnacles (or a clay pot) without any form of treatment, you might try placing it near the front to see if she likes it as a den. Several of the octos have chosen a smooth surfaced "container" over just hiding in the rock. In her final days, Trapper would only stay on smooth surfaces as if the rough rock was uncomfortable but she preferred the barnacles over the rock even before she was at the end of her life. My captive raised (wild conceived) Mercs all chose different kinds of homes but at 7.5 months they are starting to seek out the smoother surfaces.

You may want to add a little more live food while she is adjusting. Your tank is so large that the density is extremely sparse and may prove problematic for her to hunt. Once she is accustom to you and your feeding schedule there should not be a problem. With the pygmies, I have found that squirting a little zoo plankton (I like Cyclop-eeze but even some Zooplex or other food you may have around might work) around the rockwork will bring out a arm to feed.

Keep recording! I hope to get an aculeatus once my three in the 45 live out their lives so your adventures help keep my impatience at bay.
 

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ok ill move that rock. Currently she has some live shrimp, but i couldnt get live crabs. Yesterday, she ate a frozen shrimp that i thawed but since she got out of her little acclimation tank i havent seen her. I have a shell i can place in there. I am worried since yesterday she only ate a bit and i doubt shes eaten today, but i know i should just be patient.
 

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Yes, D has made a good suggestion about the rock. I would go even further and make sure all rocks are very stable - even a small octopus is VERY strong and can topple any rock that isn't secure. Even when I had secure "vertical elements" in my tank, my bimac rearranged them to a more horizontal look. I know why you're arranging them that way, so you'll have a little more visual interest higher up, but it's not the way to go.

Do you have amphipods in your tank? Small octopuses will eat amphipods, snails, small crabs, etc that they find in your tank.

Nancy
 

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Ok today in the morning i saw Fecha out for about half a minute, then i left for 10 seconds to get my camera, and she was gone, i looked around but couldnt find her. I just got back from school and i still havent found her. Im worried she hasnt eaten since i havent seen any shells or signs of messy eating..is there anything i can do to coax her out and get her to eat? I put Cyclop-eeze in there like you dwhatley recommended, but still nothing. I will keep trying..hopefully shell come out later today. I have my camera next to the tank now just in case
 

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ive been looking through the tank the whole day since i got home. literally. I even used a flashlight with all the lights off to be able to see in holes, but nothing. I also put a shrimp on a skewer and placed it around rocks to see if he'd come out, but still nothing, and it doesnt seem she has eaten anything. Im getting really worried. Please, help me out. I know it take time for them to come out but Aculeatus are supposed to be quite active and i only saw her once in the morning when i turned the lights on. any help would be good, thanks
 

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Mine always comes out late.. i havnt seen bud since this morning, dont fret, if you water fine i am sure he/she is too,
 

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