Aptasia and breathing

Discussion in 'Octopus Care' started by Reggie, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. Reggie

    Reggie Blue Ring Registered

    Jun 17, 2014
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    Bergen, Norway
    After roaming around I found that peppermint shrimp may help fight aptasia so I wondered if there are any other animals that could go along with an octopus and also eats aptasia? Also I know heavy breathing is a bad sign, but exactly how heavy is heavy breathing? Could someone provide a video of what would be "bad breathing" of an octopus?
  2. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

    Nov 20, 2002
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    Dallas Texas
    Peppermint shrimp are not always so desirable - they can harass a very small octopus, and become dinner for a larger octo.

    There are many ways to get rid of aptasia. I used a small syringe (the sort used for insulin) and filled it with boiling top-off water. Then, while the aptasia was "open"' I stuck the syringe down the center and released the hot water. I could treat several without it affecting the water temperature. This method will kill them. You just have to be careful your octopus doesn't get in the way - it's good to have a second person to distract the octopus while you're carrying out the procedure.


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