Stumpy isnt eating

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  1. BENABEHENRY

    BENABEHENRY Cuttlefish Registered

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    Hi

    We have had Stumpy now for about 4 months. He was on an eating cycle of every 2-3 days and would come out of his den at dinner time to be hand fed. He has stopped this and rarely comes out and dosent seem to be interested. He hasnt had a meal for 1.5 weeks.....we have even thrown in a piece of food and left it overnight and he just leaves it....he was eating frozen food....does anyone have any suggestions? I am getting concerned about him

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    mandy
     
  2. erich orser

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    Have you tried live prey? Crabs, for instance?
     
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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Any chance Stumpy could be a she and is brooding eggs??

    J
     
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    thanks

    we were actually giving that some thought....we will locate some crabs (a trip to the beach will be in order) and we will give it a go

    mandy
     
  5. BENABEHENRY

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    Im sorry to be naieve - how does the whole brooding, egg process work....

    mandy
     
  6. corw314

    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Have you checked your water quality? Sounds like she may have eggs. Ink had laid eggs but continued to eat during and after the eggs disapeared. Had to be a good 2 months. She only laid a small cluster. If you look under Ceph care there's a pic of her eggs in her story.
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Also, if she has laid eggs, she may or may not accept food. However, she won't come out to get any food - you must make sure it's delivered right to her. I used a feeding stick (two wooden skewer sticks tied with nylon fishing cord) to feed pieces of shrimp. It's worth trying.

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    BENABEHENRY Cuttlefish Registered

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    Thank you everyone

    I have tried the food on a stick - and she touched it but wouldnt take it, we put live food in and she didnt touch that either. I read Ink's story and we now beleive that we can see eggs....which is so sad...we have become so attached to her...

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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Sorry to hear the news, it's sad.

    Don't give up on her. Ollie got some of her old self back after about a month. It would be good if she would eat, though. Keep trying with the food from time to time.

    Nancy
     
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    BENABEHENRY Cuttlefish Registered

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    thanks Nancy

    We havent given up hope at all.....last night infact she seemed to go back to her old self.....I had gotten my camera out to take a few more pics of her - and she saw this and started posing around the tank (which is what she used to do).....definately put a smile on my face....just will miss her - she has been a pleasure to own

    mandy
     
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    fingers crossed down here ! Can you see the egg mass?
    greg
     
  12. BENABEHENRY

    BENABEHENRY Cuttlefish Registered

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    thank you again everyone

    Last night when we arrived home from work, Stumpy had died and is now in Octopus heaven.... I am terribly sad and teary and miss her so much.

    We can see the egg mass - and will keep an eye on it over coming days

    mandy :cry:
     
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    So sorry -

    RIP Stumpy :angelpus:

    Nancy
     
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    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    RIP Stumpy.....So sorry to hear....Luck with those eggs......

    Carol
     
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    RIP Stumpy :(
     
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    Crap
    well if she laid eggs then she has lived a full life
    keep us posted on those eggs
     
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    dont forget to rub the eggs gently everyday so algea dosent kill them the eggs could just be unfurtal so dont get disapointed realy sorry for your octopus RIP
     
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    :angelpus: RIP stumpy

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    Sorry to hear about Stumpy. I wish you all the best of luck with Stumpy's brood of eggs.
     
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    I wonder if the eggs are fertile?
     

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