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Old 03-19-2005, 11:17 AM   #1
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Setting up an Octopus tank

Hi all,

Well I've decided to setup an Octopus tank. I used to keep them many years ago (around 1989-1991).

I miss them, and had almost forgotten about them until I happened to come across a post in another forum on how much fun another hobbyist was having with his new one.

I plan on getting a brand new tank, just to house him/her, with no other tank mates. The species will be Bimaculoides (Pacific Ocotpus, also found in the local waters here in San Diego).

I plan on purchasing an aqua-cultured little guy/girl, about 8-10 weeks old.

I plan on getting a 25 gallon tall, getting a generic dark blue light to keep the light levels low, some fine sand for the bottom, and multiple hiding places via rocks or other items (haven't quite decided what yet). Also plan on regulating his/her feeding so he/she won't get too large.

I won't need a heater since it's a Bimaculoides species, room temperature should be fine. Also thinking about using a closed system or something similiar, like the Eclipse, if possible, so it will be harder for him/her to escape

Since it's been awhile, does anyone who has actually kept an octopus have any additional tips, anecdotes, or advice?
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Old 03-19-2005, 11:54 AM   #2
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sweet! I have not heard of people having much sucsess with Octos, but you seem to have a firm grasp on what your doing.
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Old 03-19-2005, 05:22 PM   #3
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Old 03-19-2005, 07:33 PM   #4
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http://www.tonmo.com/cephcare/jspfk.php

These sites have tons of good info on octos. They can make great pets to those willing to meet their special care requirements. HTH, Wolf
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Old 03-19-2005, 11:05 PM   #5
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Check out Coral magazine Feb/March isssue, It's about octopuses.


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Thanks everyone, that information will definitely come in handy! I have decided to keep a running diary of everything from start to finish so everyone can see how much it will cost for a reasonable size tank and shooting for a reasonable success level with Octopuses (Octopi?) . I'll bump this thread in 2 months! Hehe :P

Day 1 - Sat night! Step #1! I Just returned from Pet Kingdom in San Diego, and very excited after purchasing a new 30 gal acrylic tall acquarium. I'm hoping the taller height of the acquarium will be an additional deterent to the little guy climbing out! The hard part is going to be waiting 2 months for the tank to cycle! . Cost: $140

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Old 03-20-2005, 10:25 AM   #7
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Day 1 - Step 2 - Accessories for the Octopus tank -

Coincidentally, PetCo is having a sale right now on Eclipse System 2 hoods, only $69.99, with free shipping for them! PLUS, they're having a 20% off discount on your first online order! What a bargain!

So I ordered:

1 - Eclipse System 2 hood - $69.99

2 - Intank Protein Skimmer (4/5 stars, check out the review here: http://saltaquarium.about.com/cs/prs...erlinairli.htm, only $29.99)

3 - Air pump with decent power for the skimmer, this also serves to aerate the water, since Octopuses (Octopi?) require higher oxygen levels - $14.90

4 - Airline tubing and extra air stones for later, $11



Total damage for everything so far, incuding tank (almost done though): $246.10 (bye bye saved-up overtime money)
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Old 03-20-2005, 10:45 AM   #8
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Aquarium Fish Magazine April 2005 is about cephalods, too.
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How are you going to run the protein skimmer inside the tank?
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Octopuses. The article pointed to in your other thread goes into detail about how Octopus is actually derived from greek and not from latin. So the appropriate ending would actually be -odes. Octopodes, while technically correct, is not the commonly accepted pluralization though. The accepted pluralization is "Octopuses". So there you have it. Very interesting read.
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