Questions on new octopus

Nancy

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Maybe some of our marine biologists could give you a better answer. My observation has been a real intensity and devotion to egg laying even before it takes place - den building, retreat to the den.

They lay eggs at the end of their lives - although some live on for some time afterwards.

Can you post a pic of your octo sometime?

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Octopus are incredibly devoted mothers (at least pre hatching :lol: ) but even squid who are not tend to die after egg production (although there are variations on thhis theme!)....one of the big issues seems to be that when they are producing eggs in the ovary (called oogenisis) many species divert energy from food from rebuilding body tissues to egg creation, or if they cease eating then their body tissues are used to create the eggs. Once the eggs are laid they then use their body mass to keep them alive until the eggs hatch.

But as Nancy says your octi is not behaving as if they are hers. When we've removed octi's in tha past from eggs (to tank clean and we didn't realize there were eggs present til we moved a shell/rock :roll: ) the octi invariably starts to stress out, more than you would expect from and animal habituated to aquarium procedures.

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From where I got the Octi, I've been very good friends with the fish guy for years, I know for a fact that no other octi was in or ever lived in the tank she was in. They have to be hers. Today (day 2) she spent the whole day building a den and hasn't eaten today.
 

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What a shame, but she may hold on for a couple more weeks if you can persuade her to eat!

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Generally speaking how long will an octopus live for if it doesn't eat?
 

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it seems to be pretty varaible, Carols Ink lived for a few weeks (I think!) as did Nancys Ollie. Our Mrs Henry lived for a couple of months (but this is a BIG species and thus has lots of bulk to support a fast).

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Maybe 78 degrees for a briareus.

She might live another couple of months - enough time for the eggs to hatch and then perhaps a bit longer. Dbbga's Jetta followed that pattern.

She may keep eating - we've had octopuses with eggs that eat almost normally, some that eat from time to time, and some that don't eat at all during this period.

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