ok so my baby bimac died yesterday and im trying to figure out if it was the worst... too bad i didnt get any pictures. anyway none of the arms were bitten off at the bases just 2 or so were missing tips or had bites taken out of them in several spots. ive been reading where jean states that in autophagy they bite off the entire arms at the base to lose the infected arm. in my case the thought even crossed my mind that the missing tips were caused by the octo sticking its arms through the slits in the cage and the tiny blenny picking them off then maybe the stress from that causing him to stop eating and proceed to eat his own arms. any suggestions would help because i would hate to have to go through the decontamination process descibed by jean... another question was... if it is autophagy is it contagious to just octos or to other cephs as well?