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Most of them don't do anything, and if they do react, they shrink. There are some larger carnivorous mushrooms that slowly curl up into a spere around their prey. Seriously doubt one could catch and contain an octopus.
 

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Animal Mother;106611 said:
Most of them don't do anything, and if they do react, they shrink. There are some larger carnivorous mushrooms that slowly curl up into a spere around their prey. Seriously doubt one could catch and contain an octopus.

I guess I was inferring SandV meant by "mad" something like "looks like they're reacting to the water quality somehow" as opposed to "got mad and chomped the arm off the octo." But I'm not sure what, if anything, that may have to do with the missing arm.

SandV, can you give more details on what you've observed, what you've measured, and what the LFS tested for? Numbers might be helpful... I'm mostly asking since I know there are a lot of experienced tank-keepers who might be able to make a quick diagnosis; I'm just a neophyte at this stuff, but I've read enough of these sorts of threads to know that the more specific info the real experts see, the more likely that they'll pinpoint particular issues rather than shrugging and saying it could be a number of different things...
 

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temp is normal
0 nitrites
trace nitrates
.5 phosphates
0 ammonia
pH 8.0
sq 1.020
I even tested for copper- 0

Monty - the mushrooms are closed... not open fully like they would be if they were happy...

but I have probably 200 mushrooms in the tank, red, tonga blue, watermelon (green stripe), and yumas (ricordias) and all of them are normal exept the 30 or so yumas... so I would think it is something to do with the water quality... but I am out of ideas...

None of the mushrooms could hurt him... i am sure of that... the largest is probably 3 or 3 1/2 inch yuma but they are not known for eating fish... and definately not strong enough to take an octo's arm...

He isn't out right now but i want to take some more pics of him and see if anyone thinks he isn't a baby bimac...
 

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I took out all the hermits and am working on the fish....

I do not have any saltwater mixed... i thought shane started it this morning

Do i just mix some water now and do a water change???

He did not come out for dinner and did not come out to check out what I was doing???
 

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Your 1.020 sg is low for an octopus but is sometimes used for fish. Sea water is more like 1.026.

I would SLOWLY raise it over a couple of days by adding saltwater (mixed and aged) with a higher sg. Get it up to 1.023 or 1.024 at least. Maybe the mushrooms are affected by this, too. Was it always so low?

Bring your pH up a bit too - octopuses like a higher pH, try 8.2. It may be sinking much lower at night, which could be affecting your mushrooms.

Nancy
 

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usually the salinity is not that low... I will raise it but SLOWLY....

I did a water change and found him...

all of the hermits and the 2 damsels are out of the tank
 

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