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Octopus hitchhiker??? #1
Hey guys I recently setup a tank and now I think I have an octopus. How I do not know but I am guessing it has come in with my live rock.

I was just wondering if anyone has a link to help me find out what kind it is and how it should be cared for.

It has gone into a crack in the live rock now and can only see some of its tenticles. Photographs I have tried to take have not been very succesful either.

Its tenticles are a creamy kind of colourwith bands that look dark with a little tint of blue.

Anyway any useful links would be great. My tank is not very established as its only new. Im guessing they are very hard to keep and will eat most the things I have in my tank??

Or die?? most likely option. Are they easy to remove? Im thinking it would be better for it to goto a good home like the local sea life center. Anyway tanks
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Re: Octopus hitchhiker??? #2
how very exciting ...
here is specialist octopus site:
http://www.tonmo.com/
sure i have read article by staff at waterzoo about keeping octopus and how difficult it is - think that is local to fishy-fishy, she might know more
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Re: Octopus hitchhiker??? #3
It would be a good idea to establish what kind of octopus it is if you can, a photo would be really good. You are dead right Cathie, a guy at my LFS used to keep octopussies (octopii? whatever ) and he has an equipment list here- http://www.waterzoo.co.uk/Staff/Octopus%20aquarium.htm
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Re: Octopus hitchhiker??? #4
Octopus are so cool, but after seeing that one they put in a sealife type place ate all their sharks I think care needs to be taken! Wish I could remember the link to the news report on it.
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Re: Octopus hitchhiker??? #5
http://video.google.com/videoplay?doc ... 4202&q=shark+eats+octopus
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j77wilko j77wilko
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Re: Octopus hitchhiker??? #6
http://www.cephbase.org/imgdb/imgdb.cfm

found a good site thru the link thanks.

Ill post some pics when I get a good one. all the pics either get washed out by the flash or just dont come out with enough detail.

I dont have a lid for the tank gets too hot with the halide. Im guessing Id get a good pic if it ends up on the floor :D
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Re: Octopus hitchhiker??? #7
And it's definately not just a Brittle Star?
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Re: Octopus hitchhiker??? #8
Might be a brittle star.

Thanks to a series of events I won't go into here (they are all in another post) I have ended up with a green brittle (or is it bristle, I've not worked that out yet) star.
Despite the risk of it eating anything else I put in the tank in the future (it is currently happy to eat crab pellets but leaves my two hermits, mostly, in peace) I like it.
It moves like an octopus over the ground and watching it pick up and eat food is pretty cool.

I also seem to have a load (at least 10) mini stars that must have come on the LR. About 2 inches across, very fine legs, brown or perhaps black with lighter coloured hoops around the legs. I thought they were worms as I only saw one leg at a time - until one came out of it's hidey-hole one day.
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Re: Octopus hitchhiker??? #9
It's brittle, bristle is the bristleworm

The description given by j77wilko sounded alot like a
brittle star to me - perhaps it's from the same LFS!

When I first started in marine I too thought they were worms. Until one crawled out of the rock and I realised they were small brittle stars.
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Re: Octopus hitchhiker??? #10
i woodnt worry about having a green brittle ...... they are fish eaters but as long as u remember n feed it, ur fish will be okay........ however if u dont it will feed itself
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