Tomeczek;146388 said:just traded in my previous octopus because he never came out of his rock, never interacted. this guy on the other hand is always out during the day.
any idea what species it is?
dwhatley;146391 said:Unfortunately, a swollen eye is likely to be an infection and is very serious. If it is still eating you can try tetracycilne (available for fish without a prescriptoin) or neomycin in its food but eye infections are a bad sign.
Are there any false eyespots (distinct circles on the webbing below the eye on each side). The bottom photo shows what might be a shaddow or an eyespot. The arm look a bit short for aculeatus (my first guess) and hummelincki and aculeatus look similar in photos (both are diurnal). Hummelincki will have an arm length of 1.5 to 2 times the mantle length and is stouter than aculeatus. Aculeatus appears more graceful with arms 2 to 4 times the mantle length. Both tend to show a purple ring around the outside of the suckers.
Octopuses do require much more patience than most other critters. Unfortunately, one that is immediatly active and not shy is likely to be in a senescent state.
dwhatley;146398 said:Unfortunately, the very busied movement (along with a weakened immune system) is highly suggestive of senescence (old age). Treating with antibiotics will not harm, may help with the infection, but will not slow the aging process. I don't know it the excessive activity could be directly related to the infection only so attacking it would be my suggestion, regardless of the reason.
Call your petstore to see if they have Fish Cycline. You can call CVS to see if you can get (and if they have any in stock) a human version without a perscription (explain it is for a fish - they will never believe octopus) but it is unlikely. If you can't find tetracycline, look at the medications that they do have (will not likely to be able to be done over the phone) and see if they have anything with Kanamycin Sulfate and/or Neomycin Sulfate (can be given together). These are the only drugs that have been (along with betadine for topical treatment in a QT) sited as having been used on octos (and are commonly used to treat other marine creatures like seahorses). If you find a cocktail antibiotic make sure there is NO copper but other ingredients are unsited as far a negative effect in our journals (to my memory and short search). If you are going to treat it is important to try it immediately as if the infection worsens, he won't eat and will be impossible to medicate.
Here is one discussion on trying to give tetracycline.
I am thinking hummelincki (do you see the purple/blue rings around the suckers I mentioned?) because of the arm length but finding the eyespots (or determining there are not any) would help confirm or deny my guess. I still think the arms are too short for aculeatus (but they can throw them to escape preditors so length is not always a go by) but we occasionally animals without eyespots that are similar to hummelincki but come from Indonesia or the Phillipines and have never labeled these with a species. Look at the List of our Octopuses (Forums->Journals and Photos then top of page) for 2008 and 2009 and scan for hummelinlcki then look at the posts and photos to see if it helps with an identification.
dwhatley;146400 said:Have a look at my Maya. At post 14 there are a series of shots and one shows the eyespots clearly. It was rare to look at her and not see her ocellus. On both my prior males (Octane and OhToo) the spots were usually visible as well, however Neogonodactylus found some similarly mislabled and it was quite awhile until the eyespots were seen.
In one of you pictures, there are two dark spots (the ocellus shows with a variation in coloration depending on the octos temprement and situation) positioned where the ocellus would be found but this may be shadow (and I have seen eyespots in photos in the past that were not there in reality).
Briareus is the largest of the octos we commonly keep in a home aquarium. There are a couple of nocturnals (fully nocturnal not crepsecular like briareus) that grow to about the same size but they don't show up on TONMO often. Interestingly, briareus seems to be the only one that size gives a pretty good indication of age.may be of old age? hes so small though, compared to my previous which was a briarus