is it normal for an octopus to turn white?

Discussion in 'Octopus Care' started by ajones5289, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. ajones5289

    ajones5289 Larval Mass Registered

    Sep 11, 2012
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    my newly acclimated octo keeps displaying lots of white colors, she is hanging out on white coral so i cant tell if this is natural but im worried my ammonia and nitrate levels may be the problem or is this normal behavior for new acclimatees?
  2. gpx1200

    gpx1200 GPO Registered

    Sep 1, 2012
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    i'm new here and new to octos but i have seen a few pics of aparently healthy octos in white buckets that turn white to match so i would think yours is just reacting to all the white rocks in your tank
    as far as ammonia any amount is bad for anything in the tank and nitrate is no good either and i think you need to do a water change if this is a new tank thats not fully cycled you may have problems to come
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  3. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

    Sep 4, 2006
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    Gainesville, GA USA
    Some species are more likely to display white than others. O. briareus is often white as is O. mercatoris and, as mentioned the background will have an effect on all of them.

    What concerns me is that you said you have white rock. This alone is not normal for a cycled tank but your worries about ammonia (less so on the nitrate but that should not be high either). You should not be able to detect ammonia or nitrite in your tank if it is well cycled and you are doing water changes regularly. If you can detect them then you need to do daily water changes to give the octopus a chance.

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