my octo wont eat

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  1. dreadhead

    dreadhead Haliphron Atlanticus Supporter

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    3 days after i got my octo he ate 2 good size chunks of scallop but since then he wont eat any thing i offer him.
     
  2. simple

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    try giving him live fiddlers, many octos will take this but not other types of foods, also test the water to see if anything is wrong
     
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    How long has it been? He could just be full and resting.
     
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    dreadhead Haliphron Atlanticus Supporter

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    thats what i tried to feed him this evening.ammonia is a little high,im going to do a water change now.he is a little on the white side, but every time i see him he's on a white rock.
     
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    its been about 3 days.the color has me a little more worried.
     
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    75g,20g refugium,how much of a water change is to much?
     
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    the ammonia, might be the cause so i would do some daily water changes for a week maybe two until its back to normal. Juts wondering, what size tank do you have? and how much live rock?
     
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    75g tank 20g refugium and about 60 to 70 lbs of live rock.it was a reef tank and never had so much as a spike.how much of a water change would be to much?
     
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    it might just be the shock from the octo since they create a lot of waste, and hopefully it will go away once the tank adjusts but i would still suggest to do water changes until it is better.
     
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    thank you for your help.i did a 10 gallon water change and i'll keep doing it every day until its under control. thanks again.
     
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    no problem, i know how stressful the first few days with a new octo are. good luck.
     
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    thanks again.
     
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    What was your ammonia at? What kind of octo and how big? His behavior could be related to senescence, though it could also be water quality related. Keep offering a variety of LIVE foods, once he starts eating you can try frozen. Offer the food with a feeding stick or with your hand and make sure your octopus sees it and recognizes it as food. I hope he makes it.
     
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    30% water change would be fine...
     
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    but only for one, maybe 2 water changes... not two days in a row... but one big and then smaller ones would be fine
     
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    Without knowing the level of NH3 in the water, we cannot give a proper recommendation for how much/how many times to change the water.
     
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    my nh3 level were between .50 and 1.0 ppm. i did a 15g water change last night and left 2 very small fiddler crabs in the tank.today i checked my nh3 level and they were fine.i also found the remains of the crabs scattered about the opening of his hole.so i think everything is ok,but i have not seen him yet tonight.
     
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    be sure and clean remains out asap! most tanks can't deal with octo waste and left over food!!!!!!!

    J
     
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    already did.thank all of you for your help!it was needed and appreciated.
     

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