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New octopus may be stressed--advice please?

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The octopus most likely won't go after the brine shrimp and they have almost no nutritional value. Can you get some live shrimp? You can order from aquaculturestore.com, or if really desperate you can get freshwater ghost shrimp from your local LFS. Freshwater shrimp are not as nutritious as salt water shrimp but it could tide you over until you can order live salt water shrimp. You can also try frozen, raw shrimp (it will be gray instead of pink). Your octopus may not be interested in eating an arrow crab. Good luck!
 

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Don't panic on the hiding...it's very normal for a young octopus to do this. Sometimes for a week or more so I would suggest to leave him alone and don't go digging up the tank to look for him. Many do make this mistake and that just scares them into hiding more. If you do indeed have a Bimac, curiousity will get the better of him, and eventually you will see if only an "eye" watching you discreetly. I would put some small hermit crabs in as they seem to be readily accepted by very young octopuses. Good luck!

Carol
 

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Well I actually managed to see where he's hiding this morning but I'm still not sure if he's been eating anything. I don't see the feeder shrimp I put in the tank, but they're pretty hard to see. I just wish I could be sure he is ok. :frown:
 

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Cuttlegirl,

What is the product name for those live saltwater shrimp? Lots of the products listed on the marine invertibrate page there seem fairly expensive. How do I keep them alive long enough to last as food a long time? Thanks!
 
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Smeapancol;80425 said:
Cuttlegirl,

What is the product name for those live saltwater shrimp? Lots of the products listed on the marine invertibrate page there seem fairly expensive. How do I keep them alive long enough to last as food a long time? Thanks!

They are common shore shrimp Palaemonetes vulgaris - and keeping a cephalopod in live food is expensive! Good luck. Like Carol mentioned, you could try hermit crabs (that gets expensive too!).
 

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I bought a few hermit crabs today actually, mainly because they are available immediately. So far Proteus hasn't gone after them.
 

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It's only been a day since you got him? Give him time. Have you checked your water parameters? If they are ok, could be he had a decent meal before you got him and he's just not hungry yet. I've had some go a few days before eating again.
 

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It was two days ago that I got him and the water parameters other than the temperature are perfect. I managed to get the temperature down to a somewhat reasonable level by blasting the A/C all day, but then god decided to mess with me and the A/C broke. I should be getting a used chiller soon to fix that problem.

BUT!!! Today he ate a hermit crab! It was so cool. I just put the crab at the very entrance to the shell he's been hiding in and tenticles worked their way out and wrapped around it and dragged it inside. I assume that means the crab is eaten. Since he's actually eaten something that's convinced me that he's ok enough for me to name him. He shall henceforth be called Proteus.
 

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Thanks for the help I've got here! I have a couple more questions:

Should I continue to feed proteus by putting a hermit crab right at the mouth of his shell? If so, how long? I want him to come out and hunt eventually but I don't want him to feel too stressed in his new home. Should I just leave two or three crabs around the tank so that he's forced to come out and hunt them immediately, or should I keep babying him for a little longer?

I just tested my water and the nitrites had gone up to about .2 mg/L. How big of a problem is that? What can I do to keep it down at zero?
 

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