- Mar 31, 2008
Hi all Newb here, I have some questions about caring for octopus eggs. I recently purchased a Dwarf octopus from a guy that breeds them near me. I had picked out what he told me was a male octopus. I have a 12 gallon nanocube that I have plumbed into my 100 gallon reef aquarium so it is easier to keep the levels maintained. She has this tank all to herself. I put in some pvc pieces for her to hide in she quickly made a home out of one of them. She never came out not even to eat, so I would give her the food while she was still in the tube. After a few days I pulled the tube out of the aquarium to check on her. Once I pull it out she came out of the tube and inside the tube I saw all these sacs attached to the tube. I realized they were eggs so I quickly took some pictures and put it back in the water. I have been feeding her every day in the tube and she eats everyday. I have been browsing the forums and can't find the exact answers to my questions. The questions that I have are first what should I be feeding her? I am currently feeding her raw frozen shrimp tried scallops but she wouldn't eat them. How long until the Eggs hatch? She laid them about feb 20. What should I feed the young fry? I have a reef aquarium with a large supply of copeopods, anhropods and other misc small critters or should I feed frozen mysis. Then what is the best way to get the food from my main aquarium to the new babies. Should I seperate the mother from the eggs or after they hatch? What is the Ideal water temp for the new babies? Any help with these questions would be greatly appreciated. Attached are some pics of the eggs and the mom.