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Old 11-29-2005, 08:55 PM   #1
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octopi?

I was thinking about a pygmy octopus. Anyone have any experience with one? If you do, was it a painful or great one?
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I havent had one before, but I heard they arent good for aquariums. The reason is they are very good at "escaping" from there tanks, plus they are the only thing you can have in you tank. No other fish, or inverts. Thats what I have heard. Not worth it IMO. HTH!
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heard the same things, just asking you guys to make sure
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Old 11-29-2005, 09:06 PM   #4
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These are extremely smart animals and should only be left to the experienced aquarist. They are great escape artists and can squeeze through an opening smaller then a dime. They require a species only tank that is as tight as possible...no holes or loose fitting hoods. They are amazing to watch and can actually learn to be hand-fed. Very tempting but best left alone.
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not to mention the fact if they ink the tank...

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And aren't they short lived creatures? 1-2yrs tops?
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And aren't they short lived creatures? 1-2yrs tops?
Correct. Their lifespan in general is very short. About 18 months in captivity, but not much more in the wild.
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An animal that should be left in it's natural habitat.
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And, you need a large tank...typically 90gallons, for one small octopus.

I agree, they are very cool creatures...but so are tigers...and I know better than to try to keep one of those as a pet.
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Actually a small pygmy octo can be kept in a 30 gallon long tank quite successfully according to an article published in TFH a while back. Octo's are very smart - great escape artists, require near perfect water quality low temps and high salinity. I kept one a while back and while it was rewarding it was a major major chore.
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