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Research question - octopus eggs

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Hi all, I have a question about octopus eggs in an aquarium. But to be clear, no, I don't have an octopus in a tank! I have a children's novel about an octopus coming out in Summer '25, and I'm working on some revisions now. I'm wondering if an octopus lays eggs in a tank (which of course would have a lid), would the eggs be stuck to the underside of the lid? I have the characters in this wildlife center continuing to offer food to the mother octopus, even though she's not likely to take it. Then it occurred to me that it might not be possible to do that without harming the eggs, if they're attached to the lid of the aquarium. I don't name the species in the book but this is on the TX Gulf Coast, so it'd probably be a common octopus.
 
In a well-designed aquarium there should be plenty of rock work with small nooks and crannies for the octopus to hole up in to lay her eggs. I use coffee mugs as hides for my animals but many people build rock structures for their octos to hide in. I would recommend having something like that in your book's octopus tank.
I would suggest looking at how people on this forum have set up their tanks and using something similar in your book. Likely the mom would be hiding in her rock den with the eggs behind her (see how they are in my profile picture), so lifting the lid of the tank to access the animal should be no problem.
 
In a well-designed aquarium there should be plenty of rock work with small nooks and crannies for the octopus to hole up in to lay her eggs. I use coffee mugs as hides for my animals but many people build rock structures for their octos to hide in. I would recommend having something like that in your book's octopus tank.
I would suggest looking at how people on this forum have set up their tanks and using something similar in your book. Likely the mom would be hiding in her rock den with the eggs behind her (see how they are in my profile picture), so lifting the lid of the tank to access the animal should be no problem.
Oh, that makes sense! She does have a rock cave in there, so I could have her lay the eggs there since that'd make more sense than having them in the open area of the tank. I like the image of the characters seeing the strands of eggs near the surface, but I want it to be realistic too. Thank you!
 

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