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This is killing me guys

monty

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not sure what to say, but I want to second what a number of folks have said, particularly ob's comment, as I'm another "haven't had an octo, living vicariously through tonmo in that regard" type. Sometimes it's important not to get so caught up in sadness that you don't enjoy what time there is left, but saying that always seems trite and hollow.
 

mosogama

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I really don't know much about octos so tell me to get lost if you think I'm out of line, but could Thomas be lonely? Maybe he needs a mate. I hope he starts eating soon. Best wishes.
 
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Most species of octopus, Bimacs included are solitary. They can be cannibalistic when put with others octos. In this case Thomas is just old. My Octopus did similar things in that he stopped eating.

Sorry about Thomas. I went through the same thing with my octopus. It was a little easier for me as my octo was not as social and I didn't have him as long. Just remember that Thomas has had a amazing life and that is just time. Hope you don't stop keeping octos.

Ben
 

pipsquek

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Hang in there, man. It's tough to lose anything, but it would be much tougher if you actually did harm to him. From all accounts, it seems like you have gone above and beyond normal pet ownership, as do most here. I stopped keeping reef tanks because I couldn't keep fish alive. I miss it so much, but I don't miss netting beautiful dead creatures that I KNEW that I killed from my ignorance. Your account, and the life of Thomas is one of the ways that I feel I can learn enough get back into it someday. So don't let a natural lifespan keep you from continuing the hobby, it would be to much of a loss to the education of the rest of us.

Take care,
Jonathan
 

Jean

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Sorry to hear about Thomas, but don't let it put you off them! I don't keep them at home (no time!) but I look after them at work (I think I'm on octopus 45 :shock: just worked it out!!) and I wouldn't have missed 'meeting' any of them. It's the same with many of our other pets there never seems to be enough time with them...........if you want longevity in a pet I guess you'd need to go for a large parrot species, some of the reptiles or maybe even a rock lobster (our Lily is an estimated 60-70 years old!!!!!!).

But I just love hanging out with my 8 armed friends!!!!

J
 

aximbigfan

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just think though that tommas prolly doesnt want you to feel sad. why not make your remaning time with your 8 armed friend happy?


chris
 

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