New Octo Advice Needed

Spinelli1

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@sedna @DWhatley Soooooo we went into search and recover mode.

It's a nice size tank at 200G and I have a nice amount of rock. We started with the top layer if rock and worked down. We took some rock out of the tank after inspection and the rest we inspected and piled in the corner of the tank. We came down to the last rock, a large one. Flipped it...and....nothing. he was nowhere to be found. We searched all around the tank. Under. The sump. The overflows (which are sealed up good) but couldnt find him. I started thinking he got through the little slits in the overflow and went down and got sucked into the UV filter. My employee had thought he had seen something move in a rock we inspected and insisted we check again. I did but this time lifted it from the water. Low and behold, deep in a hole I saw a bluish grayish blob and what looked like suckers. I was sure it was him and declared that Jelly O. had been found....and unfortunately he appeared dead. I put the rock in a bucket with the octo hole facing up for inspection and seconds later his leg came slithering out. He was on his way out so we put the rock back in the water and sure enough, he came out, sat on the rock looking at us, then slithered off to another rock. We tried to offer food, a leg came out to inspect but that was it. We rearranged and put some rock back in. We kept some out just so there isnt so much rock in there that it is impossible to narrow down his possible location. Once he gets bigger we will put more in.

Anyway, he seems MUCH bigger. In the video you can see his webbing a bit. It probably is that he is just very young. We will now leave him be the next month and keep offering food.

In the beginning I had put about 10-12 crabs in the tank. Mostly small/tiny. In our searches we saw 2 or 3 max. All of which on the larger side. He probably ate the rest. I had enough rock and caverns that he probably could have been moving around the rocks without coming out of the entire mountainous structure. We didn't put the mountain back together. More scattered rock and a few piles.

Should I restock the tank with more small crabs to keep him growing? Or wait and see without the crabs if he responds to the stick feeding? Do you think growing him up on live crabs will lessen the odds he will be interactive when he gets older?
 

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It is hard to say. As I mentioned, until he/she is about 5 month, it is unlikely you will see much of him/her but I have been able to establish a feeding time and at least know the young was alive. If there is plenty of food in the tank, I suspect you won't see it for another month or so but this may be better for health.
 

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Thanks. I'll go that route and put some more crabs in. I'll keep offering food and putting some pieces of shrimp in. I had dropped a bunch by mistake during feeding attempts. Most went into the rock outcropping. I didnt find any today while dissembling, so he could have been eating them discreetly. Or the crabs could have been. They seem to all pop out when they smell the food.
 

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Yep, it’ll probably get friendlier as it ages. Glad you found it safe and sound!
 

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lol, funny banter in the video. đŸ˜† How's this guy holding up?
He seems to be doing good. Still havent seen him ever come out. But now I know where his den is and we can spy on him. His hole is facing the front of the tank. I put a 23 more small fiddler crabs in since about 9 of the last 11 had dissapeared. Hes definitly moving around in that den and many times I peek in I can see his eye peeking out. Hopefully hes getting bigger and feels like coming out soon. Heres a pic of the hole with his eye peeking out, probably wondering what the heck I'm doing
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