feeding question

joenewbe

Cuttlefish
Registered
Joined
Apr 14, 2005
Messages
18
#1
hi there
i have a bimac thats head is about the size of a golf ball.
ive been feeding him a piece of fozen shrimp every other day. now im having a huge algea problem. do you guys think im over feeding him? what is the proper amout for an octo this size?
joe
 

Nancy

Titanites
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Nov 20, 2002
Messages
5,668
Location
Dallas Texas
#2
You should feed your octo every day and remove any uneaten food after a couple of hours. Octos don't overeat - they have no way of storing food so they need to eat frequently.

Also, please give him some live food such as fiddler crabs to supplement the frozen food.

Nancy
 

cthulhu77

TONMO Supporter
Supporter
Joined
Mar 15, 2003
Messages
6,642
#3
Yes, we've seen that live food really makes a difference in how the octopus does in captivity...frozen is ok as a supplement, but see if you can find some blue crabs or hermits.
Is the algae green, brown, or red ?
 

joenewbe

Cuttlefish
Registered
Joined
Apr 14, 2005
Messages
18
#4
Ok
I will feed him everyday and ill get some crabs. Could you give me an estimate on how many frozen shrimp and how many crabs per day. Ive been feeding him frozen cocktail shrimp without the shells (there about an 1.5 " long). Would a shrimp that size be too much or too little everyday?
The algea in the tank is reddish brown and covers the entire bottom of the tank. i usally try and scape it out.
i was thinking of doing a huge water change. but i dont know what percent would be safe for the octo (i have a 100 gallon tank)
i also have 3 power heads with those cylinder filter attachments and a ehiem cannister filter. plus a aqua medic skimmer.
joe
 

Nancy

Titanites
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Nov 20, 2002
Messages
5,668
Location
Dallas Texas
#5
You need to experiment to see how much to feed him every day. Try a whole shrimp and see whether he eats it within a few hours. Maybe he needs even more - cocktail shirmp are pretty small. If he leaves some, then offer a bit less every day. As he grows, you'll need to increase the food.

Nancy
 

DHyslop

Architeuthis
Supporter
Joined
Dec 22, 2004
Messages
1,713
#6
We just got a box full of fiddler crabs yesterday...and boy is Sach's right that they'll fiddle their way into your heart! I almost don't want them to be eaten!

Dan
 

Nancy

Titanites
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Nov 20, 2002
Messages
5,668
Location
Dallas Texas
#7
They're really cute, aren't they? We ended up keeping a whole shipment as pets. I have a scarlet-legged crab that I like very much, too.

Nancy
 

joenewbe

Cuttlefish
Registered
Joined
Apr 14, 2005
Messages
18
#8
ill experiment then.
in my question i said what equipment i have. is that what is causing algae? do i need more equipent eg wet dry. what helps my tank is full of nasty algea. i was alos wondering if octos can love with corals like polyps zoos ect
 

DHyslop

Architeuthis
Supporter
Joined
Dec 22, 2004
Messages
1,713
#9
An aquarium is really a complex system--there are hundreds of chemical reactions going on at any given time. If you have algae problems its impossible for anyone to just say "Oh, if you add x then algae y will clear up." You have to understand where your algae is coming from which requires a real knowledge of your system. That's why octopuses usually are only recommended for experienced hobbyists.

As for octos loving with corals, god I hope not.

Dan
 

OB

Colossal Squid
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Oct 19, 2003
Messages
3,086
#10
Take me to your leader...
 

bigGdelta

Vampyroteuthis
Supporter
Joined
Sep 29, 2005
Messages
403
#11
DHyslop said:
As for octos loving with corals, god I hope not.

Dan
The origin of orthocones and ammonites revealed
 

Colin

TONMO Supporter
Supporter
Joined
Nov 14, 2002
Messages
3,986
#13
A lot of algal problems in cephalopod tanks are related to their diet. Shrimps and crabs can create quite high phosphate levels which will cause the blooms.

Try testing your tank water and brand new made up salt water, you may end up needing to use a phosphate remover or increase your water changes.

Cutting the light levels a bit can also help

cheers
Colin
 

Members online

Forum statistics

Threads
19,345
Messages
201,823
Members
8,270
Latest member
King.God

Monty Awards

TONMOCON IV (2011): Terri
TONMOCON V (2013): Jean
TONMOCON VI (2015): Taollan
TONMOCON VII (2018): ekocak

About the Monty Awards
Top