New Octopus lays eggs.. now what?!

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  1. Nautica

    Nautica Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    We just recently got a new octopus 3 weeks ago. Tonight while moving a rock in her tank, we discovered a cluster of eggs on the underside of the rock. We are new to this and are curious on where we go from here! So any help and feedback is appreciated!

    -Ryan
     
  2. Animal Mother

    Animal Mother Architeuthis Supporter

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    There are tons of threads already on the subject. If you use the search tool I'm sure you'll find all the information you are looking for.
     
  3. Neogonodactylus

    Neogonodactylus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    She will quite eating, remain with the eggs and gradually lose color and texture. With in a few days of the eggs hatching, she will die

    Depending on the species, you may or may not be abe to rear the young. If she is a large egged species like a bimac or O. mercatoris, it is possibel that you could get a few of the babies to survive if you have a supply of live food such as amphipods, mysids, etc. for them when they hatch. If it is a small egged species like A. aculeatus that will have planktonic larvae, you might as well forget rearing them. It is almost impossible.

    Roy
     
  4. monty

    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    ... and :welcome: to TONMO, too!
     
  5. corw314

    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    :welcome: from me also...Unfortunately once they have eggs there's not much time left. I did have one octopus that continued eating after her eggs disapeared, so continue to offer food.
     
  6. sorseress

    sorseress Colossal Squid Supporter

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    :welcome: Tough to just get an octo and have it instantly lay eggs...
     
  7. cuttlegirl

    cuttlegirl Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    :welcome: Sorry to hear the sad news about the new octopus...
     
  8. daddysquoc

    daddysquoc Wonderpus Registered

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    what species is it? my first octopus bimaculatus(the smallegged bimac) laid FERTILE eggs in her first month and they hatched. None survived, and she kept refusing food and shrunk... it was sad. but if the eggs are big like o. bimaculoides, good luck!!! try to get a few into their own rearing chamber where they won't eat each other!

    may cephalopods be bestowed eternal glory!!
     

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