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Old 07-28-2013, 04:38 PM   #1
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Octopus in a Reef Tank?

Could I keep a very small 9 week old Caribbean Reef Octopus in my reef tank for a short period of time until I get his tank setup or am I going to have to keep it in a submerged container with small holes drilled in it until I get his tank setup.
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I should also mention his tank is already setup but I have yet to fill and cycle it and I am receiving him in two days.
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Old 07-28-2013, 04:53 PM   #3
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Do you have any corals or other organisms? I'm not sure if he'd be ok in an uncycled aquarium.
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I wouldn't to be honest they will eat anything
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Yes it's a mixed reef lots of fish corals anemones and inverts. This octopuses head is about the size of a dime don't know if that changes anything
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Young octopus will still eat crabs and shrimp etc if you have any
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Old 07-28-2013, 05:40 PM   #7
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They are not reef safe will eat everything in your tank than some
plus destroy the rest of the tank
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Old 07-28-2013, 05:43 PM   #8
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Do you have a sump or anything that can hold him? Remembering they're very good at escaping?
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I do have a sump but I was thinking that I could maybe put him in one of those plastic critter keepers putting a rubber band around it so he can't open the little door on top and and putting a couple pieces of live rock in it and setting it on the sand bed in my DT.
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Old 07-28-2013, 06:19 PM   #10
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Personally I think you need to think about it too though as octopus are very very intelligent and is it really fair to keep it cooped up In a critter keeper until it has a reasonable sized tank which with cycling is going to be a month or more, Just my opinion on care of something as intelligent as octopus. Could you not delay when you get it?
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