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Nancy said:
The best way to track the clams is to put the ones you are using for that particular feeding in a shell or a little plastic lid so they can't burrow into the sand.
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That's what I'll probably start doing...it will also give him something of a feeding area.

He's spent most of the day hiding just inside a piece of PVC where he can watch the room with one eye. A few minutes ago I tossed a clam into his den and he didn't waste much time before pouncing on it.

I'm pretty paranoid about him just because he's so tiny! It seems like anything could happen to him!

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I'm having a bit of a rough time.

I mentioned before that I had him in a 37 gallon tank by himself. I threw in some clams, but wouldn't be able to tell if he was eating them or not.

So, I went out and bought a 'kritter keeper'. It has small slits in the top for ventilation. So, I put some shells and pvc in there and put him in. Ahh, much better, now I can monitor how much he eats, as well I'm able to admire him more easily.

This morning, though, I found him outside of the cage! Hey, how'd you do that? The ventilation slits are pretty darn small. So, I put him back in the cage.

Now I come back this afternoon and I can't find him. He's not in the cage, I inspected all the shells and pvc. I also tore apart the tank and looked through all the live rock and decorations, and I can't find him! Argh. I'm hoping he's just playing a mean game of hide and seek now, but I worry that I won't ever be able to find him again. If he got out of that cage, he might have been able to make it through my drain into the refugium...
 

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I think you've got one pretty smart baby octo there! I would leave him alone. Let him stay out if that's what he wants. And most babies do disapear for a few 24's. Let him settle in and he'll come out all on his own. He's probably hiding from all the excitement that's been going on in his world!!!!
 
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Thanks corw, he's got me pretty worried though. I just checked the tank, live rock, etc, and still can't find him I had a strainer on the overflow that has slits the same width as the critter keeper. I thought that he wouldn't be able to get past them, but he somehow got past the ones in the critter keeper, so... I've since added a sponge over the top of the overflow to prevent his escape that way. I've also flushed the overflow tubing and am pretty sure he isn't in there.

If he's anywhere, he is most likely in the live rock which is filled with nooks and crannies for him to hide. My only concern though is whether or not he is eating. I've stocked the tank with some amphipods and a few clams to make sure if he comes out he'll be able to feed.

I'll be a lot happier when he finally makes his presence known, though.

BTW, where abouts in NJ are you? I'm in northern NJ, near Morristown.
 


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lockburn said:
If he's anywhere, he is most likely in the live rock which is filled with nooks and crannies for him to hide. My only concern though is whether or not he is eating. I've stocked the tank with some amphipods and a few clams to make sure if he comes out he'll be able to feed.

I don't think you'll ever see him again. Well, you will see him when he wants you to, ie, when he comes out! If mine, as little as he is, was in my live rock I wouldn't find him with a fine-toothed comb.

If you're worried about feeding, maybe you should use a dish to put clams in, like Nancy suggested I do--that way you can keep track of how much he's eaten and not worry about clams burrowing away.

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Ohhh congrats on your baby Dan!!! I hope that he does better than mine did... By the way, the Space Pope episode was on cartoon network the other night, did you see? Hehe
 

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Octopuses are very skilled at making themselves almost invisible. I had to sit in front of my tank for a long time (maybe even 1/2 hour) before I could spot my bimac. Sometimes I couldn't see her at all. I'd look for an eye, or a slight movement. I had to develop my "octopus eyes"! So the fact that you can't see your little bimac doesn't mean he's not there. Not finding your little octo is something all octo owners go through - who said owning an octopus wasn't stressful!!

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dawnchihuahua said:
Ohhh congrats on your baby Dan!!! I hope that he does better than mine did... By the way, the Space Pope episode was on cartoon network the other night, did you see? Hehe

We have a TIVO, which means not only did I see it, but I saw it a number of times!

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Well, its been about 3 days and I've seen no sign of my octo. I did have clams in a small dish, but didn't see that any were consumed. So, I took the high tech approach and monitored the tank with a time lapse camera. For the past 36 hours I haven't seen any octo movement. I got real excited one time when I saw a critter scoot across the sand, only to find out it was a hermit crab.

The tank is sealed to make it difficult to escape. He would have had a few hours in the beginning to escape through the overflow strainer (I've since covered that with a sponge). Just in case, I checked my refugium and found no sign of the guy as well. I also searched outside the tanks in case he somehow made it out.

No other inhabitants could have eaten the guy (I had two small hermits in there as a 'gift' for when he gets big enough). Tank parameters were good, and the tank has cycled for over 4 months.. :cry:
 

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