10 days and octo not eating...

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  1. skulls

    skulls Larval Mass Registered

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    i picked up an octo from a LFS, that had been there for 2 weeks eating frozen everyday...so i thought this would be an ideal octo to bring home...that was 11 days ago and it has not eaten at all, ive tried everything under the sun frozen food wise, there is a couple of emerald crabs in the tank and a shrimp and a chromis, so if he gets hungry he's got options...but nothing.

    he is very active all day night and night...he naps, he'll be up and about crusing the tank and glass, changing colors and watching us and then finds a spot in the tank and rests and then does it all over again throughout the day and night, so seems like all is well....

    so i have no idea whats up...any ideas?
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    One almost sure fire food to try would be a live fiddler crab but the very active behavior, combined with the not eating would be typical of the onset of senescence. If he is full of energy and seems to wonder without purpose (ie not hunting) it is likely the case. Octos can do some pretty crazy things at this stage and have even been seen to come up on land. I have a couple of videos showing them moving sand from one side of the tank to the other in large scoops. It would be funny if it did not mark the end of their lives.
     
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    This behavior combined with the lack of eating sound like senescence. It is not normal behavior for an octous to be active all the time, especially when they have been introduced to a new aquarium.
     
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    Octo.. The octo may not have eaten the shrimp but just killed them instead.
     
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    sadly you were correct...im.came home from work and found it in a weird ball on the bottom of the tank and not breathing...so now ive got to try and find another...im.thinking a mimic...
     

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