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Old 07-10-2004, 08:19 PM   #1
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Octopus Released w/pics!!

I went out today to collect fish and I happen to catch a young octopuss. It's a little bigger than the palm of my hand. Does anyone know how to care for it? I had it acclimating for about 2hrs before I put it in the tank. So far he's looking okay. He's shifting my rocks around and had dug a hole under one of my rocks. What precautions if any should I take or how should I care for it? Oh, and what should I feed it? TIA
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Old 07-10-2004, 08:22 PM   #2
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The only thing I know is they will eat nearly everything in your tank and are very prone to escaping, even through very tiny spaces.
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Old 07-10-2004, 08:25 PM   #3
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Even fish?. Maybe I should setup a separate tank for him
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Old 07-10-2004, 08:28 PM   #4
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Yes, even fish. They will catch and kill pretty much everything in your tank, I'd remove it ASAP.

They are also very prone to escapse as already mentioned. They can squeeze through any hole there beak can fit through.

I posted a link a few weeks back about getting an octopus, here is a link if you're interested in reading it: Octopus link
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Old 07-10-2004, 09:44 PM   #5
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seal the tank they can lift doors and squeeze through small cracks
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Okay guys. After reading extensively on topics concerning octopusses, I have come to the conclusion on getting a Eclipse System 12 aquarium and make it a " Species Only" tank. I didn't think it was that hard to keep a octopus but sheesh, he's gonna need a lot of TLC. I think that 18gallon tank should be okay. It's pretty much sealed and I hope he doesn't try to lift the hood. I'll setup pics. By the way, do you know how long it can stay out of water before it perishes?
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It's also worth knowing they don't live much more than a year. And yes it will learn to lift the hood to escape.
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Atari is right, they will only live about a year (well at least all species that can be kept in tanks). No matter how good of care you give it, after a certain period of time it will either release sperm or eggs (determined by sex) and die. This is the turnoff I have for keeping them, I dont want disposable fish
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True. But what the hell I'll give it a try. When it dies, i'll throw it on a hook and send it out as bait. lol. Pics coming soon after my battery charges. Sushi anyone?
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Sorry, I can not read this without comment. Everyone here is right. They do not live long, they will eat everything in your tank and they are wonderful escape artists. Most end up on the floor all dried up. They are active at night when we are sleeping so the chances of you finding it before it dies are not good. Honestly, the best thing to do is to bring it back to the ocean. The correct order is to research new additions before you put them in your tank, not after. Additions to our tanks should not be considered "disposable". If you do decide to keep it, I wish you and the octopus luck...Lando
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