octopus not eating

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  1. flatidbit

    flatidbit Cuttlefish Registered

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    Ok so he is eating but he is only eating about once every 4 days. he still comes out and has been like this for about 4 weeks so i dont think it laid eggs. can someone tell me whats up with him im kind of worried

    It is a Brieareus and he is fully grown.

    He eats frozen shrimp and scallops. He has never eaten live food. we cant find a bait shop were it doesnt cost 30 bucks to drive to and 15 dollars for 12 crabs is a little out of our price range.

    Can someone tell me whats going on?
     
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    shipposhack Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    You most likely have a male octopus in senescence. Males will usually get more active which is quite the opposite with females. Refusal to eat, autophagy, and blindness are other signs that may come about.
     
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    gjbarord Sepia elegans Staff Member Moderator

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    I agree.

    Greg
     
  4. monty

    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    Although I agree old age is likely, make sure to check your water parameters, too, since loss of appetite can be an early sign that something is wrong with the water/filtration.
     
  5. flatidbit

    flatidbit Cuttlefish Registered

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    My water is prety good the only problem is my nitrates which are at about sixty ppm.
     
  6. Animal Mother

    Animal Mother Architeuthis Supporter

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    Do a water change.
     
  7. gjbarord

    gjbarord Sepia elegans Staff Member Moderator

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    ...and another water change, and another water change...Nitrates should always be below 20.

    Greg
     

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