Octopus Toys

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  1. bluespotocto

    bluespotocto Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    So a lot of you might know that i just got my new octo and i am looking for some toys for him. I have read in many other peoples journal what they use. I was just thinking that every one could put there toy ideas here and then maybe it could become a sticky. It seems a lot of people ask about octo toys. So if you have any good ideas put em here.:grin:
     
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    CaptFish Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    These were some good answers from a recent thread, actual I quoted the whole thread :lol:
    http://www.tonmo.com/community/index.php?threads/11470/

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    Feeding stick video: http://www.tonmo.com/forums/vbtube_show.php?do=tube&tubeid=65&t=17389



     
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    CaptFish Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    I personally used a fishing float with a weighted fishing lure(hooks removed). Legs eventually broke the line I used to tied the two together and kept the lure and let the float go, now she holds it when she sleeps.

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    stuck, per request
     
  5. bluespotocto

    bluespotocto Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    I have heard a lot of people put legos in the aquarium to play with. I would think it would be to hard for them to get a part. has any tried this? Also i am going to try a ping pong ball in the tank to see if my octo likes playing with that.
     
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    Although I have heard of people putting in a little ship or something else made of small Legos, I think the most popular has been one large-sized Lego block. This is what Carol's octopus first played with and floated around on, and her account was one of the first reports on Tonmo of an octopus using a toy.

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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    The third and fourth pages of Carol's journal on Oscar have some nice photos and description of Oscar playing with the Mag Float and the famous Large Lego block.
     
  8. bluespotocto

    bluespotocto Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    Here is the little octo toy that i made. Witicker didnt seem to like it that much though. That was a little disappointing because i had to find all the stuff in our junk room. The only problem with it being left in the aquarium is that it gets pushed to the over flow and then clogs it and stops water flow.:mad: Well here it is. I am going to try other kinds though when i have more time.
     

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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    You might want to rethink the fishing line and use something like a zip tie to avoid arm entanglement (Neal made me change out the dental floss I originally used on one for Maya for the same reasoning :oops:)

    Tonight Neal and I were pondering why octopuses all like sticks. It does not seem to matter what species or whether they are diurnal or nocturnal, they want to take any stick you put in the aquarium. There is even a lethal octopus fishing stick the capitalizes on this for hunting octos as food.
     
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    Oh i never thought of that. Thanks for the heads up:grin:
     
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    Ive always thought fishing stuff was unsafe. A lot of it has lead and stuff in it, doesnt it?
     
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    Some of it does, but that is mainly the weights and jig heads that are lead. the one I am using is plastic with a stainless ball bering inside that makes it sink as well as rattle.

    I figured Lead was Ok as long as they are not ingesting it but I am not sure. I recently bought an airstone and it has a lead weight built into it, LFS said its the one "everybody" uses
     
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    :roflmao:I had a fit when I saw what was inside that thing and removed the lead. I had used it for awhile (nonceph tank) before I looked and can't say that I noted any harm from it. I know the pet stores will say thay use stuff "all the time" but try to remember that they don't keep animals any longer than they have to so long term effects will never be known and short term ones get written off as arriving unhealthy. There are exceptions, of course, but I usually do further research when an LSF vendor tells me something contrary to what I think I know or something that is new to me. In the case of possible lead poisioning for lead weights, I chose to avoid the issue but there may not be one.
     
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    You know I think this is pretty funny. I was talking to a firiend about potential octo toys and how Legos seemed so popular and her response was to look at me strangely and say "What?? You think are out in the ocean dropping preschool toys for wild octopi to play with?" : )
     
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    I put fishing float..Any other octo toys.?
     
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    bluespotocto Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    I was thinking a lot of those bright colored baby toys would probably make good octo toys.
     
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    Color would likely be more for you than the octo since they are considered color blind so if you hope to attract them with contrast, a combination of darks and lights might provide the best visual.
     
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    I was thinking of those giant colorful keys. I know the color wouldnt work (well now i do) but i think all the keys and the ring for the keys would interest them.
     

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