NEED HELP!!!

scully54

Pygmy Octopus
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#1
I just got my octopus today and after five minutes in the tank he went in the filter and went under the pumps box. I dont want to use a stisk and crush him and I am not putting my hand in the water.do you think he will come out in the tank. I just hope he is ok. :sad: pleas i need help very very very very bad. :boohoo:
 

scully54

Pygmy Octopus
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#3
.....have not turned off the pump (didn't want him and everything
else - the live rock to die...?....)
...as we're new at this, don't know what type pump it is..it's whatever
came with the 24 gallon nanocube ...
...we do have all the lights turned off....just now took a flashlight
to hopefully see.......he is moving down there at the bottom...
..there's like a pump that's hooked up to a box that's at the bottom..
of course he's under that box...he got his arms wrapped around the three cords......again, at least he's moving so I know he's alive...
.....I had tried putting a stick down there thinking that he might wrap around it and I could pull him out..that didn't work and I got concerned
about jabbing him......hopefully he'll get hungry and come out on his own.....
 

cthulhu77

Titanites
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#5
:confused:

so, you got an octopus why?????? It sounds like you have an awful amount of groundwork to cover here...but, let's solve the immediate problem.
The octo is going to have to be removed from the bottom of the filter. This is probably going to require some dismantling of parts and pieces, as well as a late night trip to your nearest fish store or friend with a salt tank to provide a home for the octo when you do get him out, until you can proof the tank completely.
Unless it is a dwarf, a 24 will be too small of a tank, so you might want to rethink the whole octo-purchase thing now.
best, and keep us posted,

greg
 

DocFrye

O. vulgaris
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#6
Where are you located, scully54? Maybe someone on the board is local and ready to house your octo (possibly temporarilly - or long term if you are not prepared for the tremendous amount of work needed to keep octos.)
 
#7
whats your problem with putting your hand in the water? seiously dude, its not that big of a deal just do it and save your octo. if its that simple
 

Armstrong

Vampyroteuthis
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#11
You do seem very new to this.

I wouldn't ever recommend keeping an Octopus if your new because they require so much knowledge and responsibility before ever keeping one.

For your problem, of course turning off the filter would do best for now. And then trying to get him out. There's nothing wrong with sticking your hand in the tank. If you think an octopus is poisonous or dangerous to touch, then you need to study more their biology. There harmless, and saving your octopus would be best. 24 gallon tank is much too small for an octopus. I doubt you have a Dwarf. I hope you return this animal to a nearest pet store before it dies and think about them more often before getting a new one. You need to study more. And also, try to get a filter that an octopus can't climb into. There very curious.
 

scully54

Pygmy Octopus
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#12
....hey all....for some reason he came out on his own...hungry I guess...
I got him out with a net and he's now safely back at the pet shop...
....as to some of you, thank you for the helpful tips and good advise..

..as to a few others of you - thanks for the critizism and bashing, like
I'm a total loser for attempting to try to keep him....
.....I'm glad it worked out for him that he's now safe....believe me,
before I attempt it again, I will be an expert like the few of you who
bashed me......
 

Nancy

Titanites
Staff member
Moderator
#13
Hey Sculley,

Glad all this had a happy ending. I hope you go on to learn more and set up a nice octo tank where your little bimac can have a nice life. Be sure to let us know when that happens.

Hope you told your LFS what you learned. They shouldn't have been selling the octo to someone with a nanoreef - they should have advised you better.

Nancy
 

cthulhu77

Titanites
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#14
Sculley, I don't think anyone meant to "bash" you...but Nancy is correct, why did they sell you something that you weren't ready for? It might be time to switch shops.

Honestly, the whole program that is listed under "ceph care" is from those of us that have had problems in the past, and had to solve them, before a site like Tonmo was around...read the articles by Nancy, Colin, and the others...it will only help you out in the end.

Once again, best,

greg
 

Armstrong

Vampyroteuthis
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#15
scully54 said:
....hey all....for some reason he came out on his own...hungry I guess...
I got him out with a net and he's now safely back at the pet shop...
....as to some of you, thank you for the helpful tips and good advise..

..as to a few others of you - thanks for the critizism and bashing, like
I'm a total loser for attempting to try to keep him....
.....I'm glad it worked out for him that he's now safe....believe me,
before I attempt it again, I will be an expert like the few of you who
bashed me......
Well, just incase...

I wasn't bashing you, just giving you some advice on what you should do before ever keeping an octopus again. Just do lots of research and you should be fine nextime. I recommend reading the "ceph care" section of this site. Your not a loser, you've just learned from a mistake. And a little help wont hurt.
 

Jean

Colossal Squid
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#16
Scully don't shoot the messengers! In many cases they were giving you advice based on experience and a love of the animal. In case I was one of those you thought were "bashing" you, my qualifications are as follows!

12 years working in a public aquarium holding 2 species of octopus, 1 species of sepiolid (plus inumerable other inverts and fish), Nearly completed PhD where I held live ommastrephid squid in captivity. Supervision of grad students holding sepiolids and octopus, research assistant to Dr George Jackson, where we held squid and sepiolids. Many of the other people on this list have similar (or better!) qualifications including those who held octopus/cuttlefish at home for longer than their natural life span.

You asked for advice and got it, sometimes advice isn't what we want to hear...especially if it's different to what we have done! For eg Steve O'Shea advised me that the tanks I was holding my baby squid in were all wrong (after I'd spent a considerable amount of my research budget on them :hmm: !) so we got them changed!

Sorry if I upset you but............your wee friend needs the best possible care he can get, after all a tank of any sort is not a natural environment for them and it's our responsibility to get it right. Do keep visiting here and asking questions (we all do!) this is a fun site with HEAPS of info and experience to be shared....you are :welcome: here....can you post pics of your friend????

Cheers

Jean
 

Armstrong

Vampyroteuthis
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#17
Totally agree with you Jean, and in my opinion...keeping an animal such an octopus which IS an exotic sea creature requires as least a month of research on their biology, and capivity. But, you've out-done me with the research, lol. I havent had 12 years experience yet, but iv done enough research and experience to give some advice to new users or new pet-keepers which im sure many others on here have also had...mabye better like Nancy and Colin. I don't know when im getting my octopus, hopefully in another 6 months or so.
 

Jean

Colossal Squid
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#18
Hi Armstrong,

Slow and steady wins the race every time!!!!

I was very lucky I joined an aquarium attached to a University research facility, where they have now been keeping octopus (etc!!) for 74 years on display to the public and 101 years for research..........mega quantities of what to do and more importantly what not to do :lol:

Cheers

J
 

DocFrye

O. vulgaris
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#19
I certainly didn't intend to "bash" you, but if that is the way you want to take it, I won't argue. Pets are not toys. They are living creatures. How one plays with one's pets shows a lot about one's character and comitment.

David M. Frye, DVM
 

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