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my octo wont eat

dreadhead

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#1
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.
 

simple

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#2
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
 

dreadhead

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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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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.
 

dreadhead

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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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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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but only for one, maybe 2 water changes... not two days in a row... but one big and then smaller ones would be fine
 

dreadhead

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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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