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Discussion in 'Octopus Care' started by Robinspa, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. Robinspa

    Robinspa Cuttlefish Registered

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    Ok everything has been going great! I have had him for 6 months and he has easily tripled in size. He is about the size of my fist. I was an idiot and didn't know and fed him goldfish yesterday. he ate 4. Today he is staying on the glass and is a sick white color- he looks like he is stressed- breathing hard etc. Anything I can do for him? He isn't eating and I feel so badly that I may have killed him. I have a call into the NRCC (that's where I got him) but am just feeling awful. ANyone out htere? Thanks Pattye
     
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    What kind of octopus is it? How big is your aquarium? What kind of filtration do you have in the tank? Unfortunately, many fish stores treat their goldfish with copper-based medication - you may have poisoned your octopus. I would recommend a water change to see if that improves things.
     
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    Ok he is a bimac and is in 55 gal over spec with a filter system for a 100 gal tank. There is about 80lbs of live rock and the only other thing in the tank are the bristle worms that came with the rock last summer (when I first set up the tank) I checked with the pet store and they said they didn't treat them with copper though I realize that doesn't completely cover my bases. I thought of a water change but was worried it would stress him more. What do you think still a water change? The water quality is great no ammonia, low nitrates, spg 1024 and temp of 76.1 so appreciate your help. Pattye
     
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    What about the place where the goldfish were before your pet store? I would still do a water change, that was a lot of biomass to put into your system. What are your nitrite levels?
     
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    Yep youre right I don't know about before the pet store. I did the water change. he has strings of mucous on his tentacles that are trapping small air bubbles The nitrates, nitrites and ammonia is all good
     
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    Well I am devastated... he died...
     
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    :angelpus: RIP
     
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    Bimacs are a cool water species.The habitat in which they are found is typically in the 65-70 degree ramge. They can tolerate slightly higher temperatures for short periods, but a sustained 76 is too high and will significantly shorten their life span. I would guess that the cause of death in this case was an ammonia spike coupled with osmotic stress - but that would just be a guess.

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