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Old 06-22-2004, 11:32 PM   #1
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Who has owned an octopus?

I'm talking about the animal here I know they only live 1-2 years and are very tricky to keep in the tank, but has anybody here owned one?

We usually have one or two at work and I never realized how fun they are to watch until today. We had one that was real smart. They are kept in an aquarium inside a smaller plastic reptile container. This guy found out how to open the cage twice. So we put about 5-8 lbs of rock on top and he still opened it! This is from an octopus with a abody smaller than my fist and legs about 6-8 inches long. The first time he escaped he went for a $80 lobster but luckily we quick stopped him. Then he was trying to rip a large hermit crab from it's shell. We then fed him a smaller fish and it was so cool to see him grab eat and chow down. We then put a feeder fish in a small soda bottle and put the cap on to see if he would open it. Unfortunatly I had to go home at this point so I couldn't see what happened. Can't wait to see if he figured it out tomorrow.
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We kept them at my school. They were really cool, and fun until they die... They usually would lay eggs then die after they hatched.

The tops were acrylic with drilled holes for air, and we even taught them to open bottles to get the food.
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I have never owned one but did do a little research on them when I was interested in getting one. they are amazing creatures and would be a fun species only tank. I would be interested to hear stories from people woho have actually kept them.
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I researched a couple months back when I first got my job but decided against one because they only live 1-2 years and that's kind of depressing for me to get attached to such a cool animal for that short of a time, but they are so fun to watch
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My point exactly, there so cool but when they die it's such a downer. Not worth it IMO.
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What is their natural life span in the wild? Is it this short or is this another animal we kill by putting them in a tank?
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From what I remember that's just their natural life span. I"m not sure if all species have such a short life or just the ones offered to us in the aquarium world?
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Yea they are short lived in both the wild and captivity. I think the giant octopus lives much longer. Im not sure though, obviously not aquarium compatible.
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I have seen them in the wild while scuba diving and man are they beautiful, the way they change colors, move, and blend in. they are very smart and amazing animals
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I have seen them in the wild while scuba diving and man are they beautiful, the way they change colors, move, and blend in. they are very smart and amazing animals
Ya, epecially on night dives. Kinda creepy but cool.
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