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Old 12-27-2005, 10:57 PM   #1
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My new tank! *pics+vid* (56k=NO)

Well, I finally have it up and running after Christmas. The LR had some little pods and had a crab about 1 1/2 inches. There is also 2 super tiny starfish! Like SUPER small. About as big as a letter on your keyboard. It has been running for only 1 day so far. Started cycling with shrimp just today. I have the overflow on the side because I wanted the tank closer to the wall. The new skimmer is breaking in so there is tons of microbubbles. I am going to the LFS to buy a filter, so if anyone has any suggestions? I need one since I am maing this an Octopus tank. I was thinking the Magnum 350. Also, if anyone has any other suggestions for LR placement, it would be greatly appreciated. Here is the what I have:

55g tank
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Old 12-27-2005, 11:13 PM   #2
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REALLY REALLY tight lid! Octopus are very strong and want nothing more than to find their way out of the tank. They can unlock latches and push off bricks, so make sure the tight fitting lid will keep them in and not let them die a horrible death on the floor. Also remember, they will lay an egg and die wihtin a year nearly always. These creatures are awesome, but do not live very long.
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Old 12-27-2005, 11:19 PM   #3
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I am aware of all this. I have a lid, I just left it off since I have been re-arranging the rockwork. The species I am getting (Bimac) is less prone to escaping so I am happy about that.
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Old 12-27-2005, 11:24 PM   #4
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That is good to hear, I feel sorry for people who get into things that they have no idea what is going to happen. Definitley post pics, I love these little guys, I could not bear to watch them die every year or so.
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Old 12-28-2005, 12:59 AM   #5
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Yeah, but I think I can handle it. Hopefully I wont get too attached to one. But I have been reading. I know exactly what I am going to feed him and all of that.
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Old 12-28-2005, 12:49 PM   #6
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Looks sweet! One MINOR suggestion. I'd reposition the heater. It looks like it's about 2-3 inches out of the "suggested manufacture" range (ie: water mark would be the top of your sump. I like actually laying it sideways towards the bottom for maximum heating at a horizontal setup.
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That octopus is going to play with that overflow box. You should have purchased a drilled tank.
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I feel bit sick after that video but good ideas. Where are you buying the monster at online or lfs. My lfs's never those kind of things.
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that video honestly scared me. lol
nice set up tho.
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Yeah, the vid is rediculous. I just watched it. I am kind of re-thinking the Octopus and maybe going to get fish. I am leaning towards Octopus but I am still not sure. My LFS has one. I am thinking of buying it from them. I just got back from the LFS also, and bought myself a wet/dry and a return pump. I will post updated pics in a minute.
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