[Octopus]: Thor - Callistoctopus? The dream became reality!!

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@DWhatley ofcourse you can :)

A little update on Thor :)

The last two nights he has been coming out later than before 11 pm to be exact, which of course gave me a little heart attack hahaha. It's not easy to have your first octopus haha I always worry if something is wrong or if something happend but I guess it's normal especially when I have waited for this opportunity for 10 years :)

He still takes dead food which is awsome but it seems that it depends because some nights he just don't want to eat anything I offer him and the night after he can eat everything I offer, so I suspect that he does eat some of the crabs or snails that are in the tank those days he just seems to wanna relax haha.

I managed to make a deal with my LFS today ! They will send me live shrimp every month for a good price, the shrimps are good size and are white, here we call them cervettes shrimp looks like smaller shore shrimp I will take a picture when I get them.

@Nancy i got a better picture of him as well that might answer your question about the size :)
 

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I almost forgot I will also add a canister filter to my tank today, since I don't have a sump. But I will almost just have biological filtration in the canister like crushed coral and bioballs. I know there are many opinions on canisters but I will rinse it every week and since 90% of the canister will just have biological filtration in it I guess that would be good?

If anyone has experience on this please come with your tips and tricks:)
 

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Are you using any kind of chemical filtration? If not, you might want to consider using carbon instead of a biologic media in the canister. This will give you a third form of filtration, help your water clarity and will allow you more time between filter media changes.
 

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yes I do use chemical filtration as well like carbon do you mean to fill the entire canister with just carbon?

I use Zero it's a product from Nyos I add 0,2 ml every day, the dose is extremely low but it reduces nitrate and phosphate in the water. You can see a picture on the product IMG_3282.JPGIMG_3283.JPG

the only filter media I have is in the first chamber in the canister the rest is biological media like crushed coralls and bio balls.
 

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I used a canister filter in addition to a wet-dry system and a protein skimmer on my octopus tank. Since water is flowing through the canister, you don't need to rinse it out so often. I rinsed out some sponges and changed a Purigen filter in the canister maybe every 3 months. For corals and bioballs, there's nothing to rinse out. I grew a large colony of amphipods, and I tried to save them when the water was changed.

Great name for your octopus, Thor!

Nancy
 

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Hey guys :)

So a little update,
everything is working fine so far he has been eating and all seems to work well. I have managed to capture one crab in my tank that I offered him and he loved it hihi :)
Last night I tried offering him another crab I managed to capture but he missed it :( so close to take it but it just managed to escape and I hate it beacuse it took me a while to capture that crab hahaha. So last night he did not eat, he didn't want to eat my fish nor the clams or the shrimp all dead food but he has been taking it before. I guess that he is eating something else when he doesn't show any interest whatsoever in my dead food, at least I hope so. Is it any way I could see if he has been eating? Like looking at his belly or something? And when they ignore food is that a typical behavior when they are full?

I still have a lot of live food in the tank so he has the food sources but I'm worrying that he miss it I have not seen him going searching for food which seems odd to me I mean these guys are smart animals.
 

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You might wait and see for a bit... how long since he last ate? Ie roughly how many hours?
 

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Well its hard to say but I would say 24 h with today, if he not going to eat today.
 

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