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new Octo & some odd things

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Ok .. I've had my new Octo for 4 days now. He's been rather lethargic, staying in one place all day & not always in hiding. He hasn't eaten anything yet ( been trying feeder goldfish).

There's 2 other things;
One, he seems to have difficulty removing himself from the glass after he suctions onto it.

Two, there is some white stringy material coming off of his tenticles.

Any thoughts?

Thanx
 

cthulhu77

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Hmmm...what are your water quality readings? Sloughing of the skin usually means that there is something really bothering the ceph...too low a ph, perhaps?
I would recommend thawed out frozen krill, available at your lfs, as a good introduction food item...put a piece on a chopstick or such, and wait for the octo to grab on!
good luck!
Greg
 
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umm, the stringy material comming off of the octopus either means that it is slowly diteriarating or is a male octopus and seems to be releasing sperm from one of it;s tentacles? Mabye it's a puberty thing, lol. Im not sure, just trying 2 help.
And the best bets for you're octopus to eat is mabye some brine chrimp, crawfish, and other small crusteciens.
 

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Armstrong said:
And the best bets for you're octopus to eat is mabye some brine chrimp, crawfish, and other small crusteciens.

Armstrong, i think it he might be better off not feeding his octo to much brine shrimp especially if it is sick. Just because the brine shrimp lack all that good stuff that octos need to grow big and strong :wink: .
 
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persistant ph problems

I have always had trouble getting my tanks ph correct. Right now it's at about 7.9.

I have tried all the various buffing products with no results. I know that a r/o unit would probably solve the problem but I'm trying to avoid buying one of those right now. Nobody in my area sells r/o water either.

Is there anyway of using any of the ph up type products safetly?

Any suggestions?
 

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I wouln't recommend that you feed it goldfish as they might have been treated with copper-based medications which are harmful to octos. Are the stringy stuff still coming off or was it for a short time only?
 

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Congrats of your new octo!!! Have you checked all the water parameters? Also make sure you remove any uneaten food. Sometimes just adding a bubble filter with carbon helps also. Increases the air in the water and can help with water quality.

Carol
 
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water stuff

The filtration & airation on the tank are over-kill. The ammonia leel was a bit high but I did a partial water change yesterday that took care of that. The only water parameter that concerns me isthe ph.
 
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Rockthis11 said:
Armstrong said:
And the best bets for you're octopus to eat is mabye some brine chrimp, crawfish, and other small crusteciens.

Armstrong, i think it he might be better off not feeding his octo to much brine shrimp especially if it is sick. Just because the brine shrimp lack all that good stuff that octos need to grow big and strong :wink: .

Oh yeah! Like crabs and other animals that have more meat are better for Octopus. Right?
 
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Re: water stuff

doggiedude said:
The filtration & airation on the tank are over-kill. The ammonia leel was a bit high but I did a partial water change yesterday that took care of that. The only water parameter that concerns me isthe ph.

Then it HAS to be the pH.
For more info on keeping you're pH over 8.0 look at my topic about pH Levels right under Ceph Care q & a.
 

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