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This is killing me guys

Black96WS6

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I can't stand it, I can't stand seeing Thomas just wasting away. He's looking smaller and smaller these days.

I tried to give him a fresh piece of shrimp this morning, I put it right by his mouth.

He grabbed it and looked like he was going to eat it, then he just let it drop.

He moves around just like the old Thomas, still has the same great personality, he just won't eat!!

His tentacles go right over and investigate the hermit crabs that are still left in the tank, he even put his tentacle into one a few times investigating it, but instead of grabbing it and pulling it in, he just walks on over it. Then after coming out and saying hi to me, he heads back to his den to rest.

And now I can't stop crying as I'm typing this.

I don't think I'm going to get another octopus, this is too hard.

It would be one thing if he just went quickly, and I found him dead one morning. But just wasting away like this is killing me! It's like he knows it's his time and has just decided to let go!
 

corw314

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I know how you feel....Ink lingered and yes sometimes I think it would have been easier had she gone quickly like the norm, but I must say, the way Thomas and Ink went is not the norm. Most do go quickly.

You are in my thoughts...

Carol
 

Nancy

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So sorry - but it's difficult no matter how they go.

After a while I think you will want another octopus because of the good times you had with Thomas. It's because octos have so much personality and intelligence that it's so difficult seeing them pass away.

Nancy
 

tonmo

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I'm sorry too. Thanks for sharing this rare info and your observations here. Most of us don't have the insights you have into the full life of a cephalopod. Through your sharing of Thomas' life experiences here on these forums (through good times and bad), Thomas is definitely making the world a better place for cephs. I realize it's small comfort, but the education gained by the sharing of such experiences is priceless. Thank you.
 
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Blackie, you are in our thoughts and prayers. I know watching a beloved pet wasting away is heartbreaking. But I've enjoyed reading about Thomas and I know the joy he brought you. I know it's little comfort, but try to rejoice in the good times you had.
 

cthulhu77

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You and I have had some rather heated disagreements in the past, but this is one thing I can relate to. It always sucks watching the last few weeks, mostly because you feel so helpless. You have to realize, though, that you have managed to keep an octo for much longer than almost any of the ceph keepers in the world, and this is just the natural lifespan. Painful, but I would hate to see you drop out of this part of the aquarist hobby, as it seems you have much to offer.

greg
 

OB

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As most of you might know, I've never kept an octopus myself, regardless of my great fascination with cephalopods. Reading this thread makes me realise once more how much you all invest. I truly hope this doesn't drag on beyond bareable. Please, let us know how things go from here...
 

aximbigfan

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im sorry to hear that. that is the problem with octos. the poor little ceph. maybe he just wants something diffet. try bying something differnt for him to eat.


chris
 

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