Octopus has arrived...!

corw314

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Congrats on your new buddy! Are the crabs too large for him? Bothers me they are crawling on him. I started mine on the small hermit crabs. I would remove them cause my thought is maybe they are too large for him. And I see that you did. I put 5 hermit crabs in on the day Eureka arrived, and he's been averaging 5 every 4 days or so. I'm expecting an appearance as I know the last of them disapeared yesterday.

Carol
 
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corw314;77421 said:
Congrats on your new buddy! Are the crabs too large for him? Bothers me they are crawling on him. I started mine on the small hermit crabs. I would remove them cause my thought is maybe they are too large for him. And I see that you did. I put 5 hermit crabs in on the day Eureka arrived, and he's been averaging 5 every 4 days or so. I'm expecting an appearance as I know the last of them disapeared yesterday.

Carol

ThanX, and the crabs definately aren't too large. The octopus is about 7-8 inches in total stetched out and the crabs are literally...from my specific measurement, only 2 cm. Their not even an inch, but their common shore crabs that happened to be caught in my beach bucket a few days ago. I put them in the tank...about 3 of them, and their usually always by the octopus and touching it. The octopus doesn't do anything, just pushes them out of the way. I'll try again tomarrow and see my water parameters just incase. I just hope it starts eating soon.
 
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cuttlegirl;77438 said:
Your octopus is probably just getting used to its new home. Try shrimp if the crabs don't entice your octo, maybe he is just picky...

Good news. I put in 1 crab a few minutes ago just to make sure if it would eat it still and after the crab bothered it for 5 minutes, it finally grabbed it and ate it. Im so releaved and not worried anymore. Im going to get more food tomarrow and try shrimp. I have no idea what took it so long to eat. Mabye it fed on something on its way here.
 
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The first few days are usually the hardest. Acclimating and shocked octos can act very differently. Some eat instantly and some take days. Some will constantly hide and others will be out playing right away.

It finnally eating is a good sign.

In regards to your other post, I would still try to get nitrites down to 0. Lower levels may not be immedietly deadly, but can still be harmful. It would be a good idea to test the water often during this introduction period to see how the tank handles the new bioload.
 
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Paradox;77443 said:
The first few days are usually the hardest. Acclimating and shocked octos can act very differently. Some eat instantly and some take days. Some will constantly hide and others will be out playing right away.

It finnally eating is a good sign.

In regards to your other post, I would still try to get nitrites down to 0. Lower levels may not be immedietly deadly, but can still be harmful. It would be a good idea to test the water often during this introduction period to see how the tank handles the new bioload.

Yea, thats definately a fact. Mine however hasen't shown the behavior most commonly seen by members on here for the first few days. It hasen't jetted, swam or inked at all and hasent shown any sign of shock or stress. It's just basically nuetral and very inactive by now. It sits still wherever it is and lets crabs walk on it without any reaction. Mabye it sometimes sleeps which octo's do. Tomarrow the Nitrite should be down completely and hopefully I should see better behavior.
 

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