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Old 09/07/2017, 07:14 PM   #1
Schismgrl18
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Octopus Hitchhiker

Hey,
My store received a shipment of Turbo snails from California and this little guy showed up. Any tips for care would be greatly appreciated. I know impeccable water parameters and an escape-proof (hah) tank are key, but other than that, I am way out of my element.
Thanks so much!


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Old 09/09/2017, 09:09 PM   #2
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What a cutie! Check out the forums on tonmo.com for care.

The biggest thing to know right off the bat - octopuses are a species-only creature. They're "eat or be eaten." Little guys will be eaten or harassed by almost anything else in the tank with fins. Big guys will...consume their tank-mates, given time.

So keep your little guy separate. A critter-keeper within the larger tank works fine for now. Fill that critter-keeper with rocks/PVC piping, plenty of stuff for him/her to make a den and hide; octopuses need a place to hide to feel safe.

Next, your little guy needs food. Octopuses primarily eat crustaceans - think crabs and shrimp. Hermit crabs count as food for a little octopus; they may eat snails and baby clams too, give it a try. It's easy to throw some of your CUC into its enclosure. Shore shrimp and grass shrimp are also a good option. Tiny tiny fiddlers with disabled claws are another option. Many octopuses will only take live food initially, but can learn to take frozen in time - try feeding by hand on a feeding stick to be sure you observe him/her eating. I've eventually managed to get mine onto frozen raw softshell crab and frozen raw shrimp, using a feeding stick.

That plus pristine water quality (they're messy eaters, like any predator), and absolutely no copper, are the big ones. And of course octo-proofing; that little thing can fit through just about any tiny hole in your system. That includes getting into circulation pumps if they aren't protected.


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Old 09/11/2017, 08:39 PM   #3
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My level of jealousy is un-measurable! I'd end up spending a lot of money


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Old 09/14/2017, 11:00 PM   #4
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Hows the octo doing?


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Old 10/03/2017, 03:55 AM   #5
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omg so jealous. My dream is to have a nice octo cube tank


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Old 10/09/2017, 04:27 PM   #6
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Any news about the cute octopus?


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Old 10/12/2017, 06:38 AM   #7
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I cannot have this kind of luck! What's the status?


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Old 10/18/2017, 08:53 AM   #8
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I had one in a 55 gallon tank and he was a character . After the second day
I thought I had lost him . He hid himself under the under gravel filter . He did
emerge when I dropped in a clam . They are amazing but a challenge .
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Old 10/23/2017, 04:01 AM   #9
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Awe my favv i want an octopus tank


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Old 12/07/2017, 12:27 AM   #10
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I assume he will get fairly big?


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Old 12/07/2017, 09:19 AM   #11
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Lucky. I've always wanted to have an octopus tank. You need lots of hiding spots, and a good skimmer. Any holes in to the filter/sump have to be smaller than it's beak so less than a millimeter. Good luck.

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