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Help!! - New Born Baby Octopi

Jean

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Hi Will and :welcome:

As a last resort you could release the babies! I would release them near where Mum was caught (as you know it's octo habitat!) At the aquarium here we release most octo babies (when we have them....we actually try to avoid this!) Two reasons 1) our main display sp is too big to have multiples and 2) The babies are too labour intensive needing constant attention and mega quantities of food!

So If you can't get hold of Jim at Octopets I'd let them go!

J
 

tridacna

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Try shaking some kelp or othe macro algae into a white bucket. You should be able to get some isopods and other small critters that way
 

Will T

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Thanks for all the info guys! I went down during the full moon low tide and collected some rocks with kepl on them. They were full of isopods, however, the isopods were larger than the babies and the didn't eat them. So, I took the advice from Jean and let them go before they all died on me!!

Now I am waiting for the mom to either come back to life or wither away...she still has not eaten since the hatching of eggs...I am really concerned. Poor girl.
 
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So Cal here willing to help

Hi Will,

I too live in So Cal, Dana Point to be exact.

I had the same experience as you are having, once many, many years ago. Before the web was what it is today.

I researched and researched and even read in an aquarium magazine that no one had ever kept baby octopi longer than two weeks.

I was able to beat that record, but not by much. One of the babies was a 12-armed mutant too. Darn sure hoped to keep him alive, but alas it wasn't to be.

I now have a theory that I want to explore some day, that perhaps the babies eat the dead mother. Kind of hard to try that out with out a LOT of filtration, and it's just a theory but I want to try it someday.

As far as your current situation, if you are near me, I am willing to try to help in your food collection efforts.

I just found this site and am looking forward to getting back into keeping an octopus again.

Good Luck and let me know if I can help.

--Eric
 

Will T

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Hi Eric, thanks for the post. I live in San Clemente, so we are quite close. Yes, in my efforts for the baby, I was losing the battle so I released what I could.

In any case, it has been over 2 weeks since the eggs hatched but the mother is still alive. She is not eating and her eyes look all foggy like she is now blind. Color is off and just looks old and ragged. Hope she goes peacefully.

In the meantime, I have found OctoPets or what they call AquaFarm in Carlsbad. I have prepped both my 30 gallon and 55 gallon so I can go down to AquaFarm tomorrow to pick up a new Octopus and a couple of cuttles.

I will go down to trestles today to get some live rock, live crabs and food for them. If interested to hook up to do some exploring...

You can email me at: [email protected]
 

DHyslop

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Will T said:
In the meantime, I have found OctoPets or what they call AquaFarm in Carlsbad. I have prepped both my 30 gallon and 55 gallon so I can go down to AquaFarm tomorrow to pick up a new Octopus and a couple of cuttles.

Octopet's cuttles are going to outgrow that 55 in pretty short order.

Dan
 
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I work all day Saturday, but I'll be in contact by email.

Funny, I was in Oceanside last night for the start of Lobster season and I caught an octopus in my net!

Of course I had to let it go, but damn sure wanted to keep it!
 

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