Ceph Care Equipment List

by Colin Dunlop

One of the most common emails that I receive starts along the lines of, "I have seen an octopus for sale in a pet shop. What do I need to keep it properly?"

Here is a list of some information and equipment needed for an octopus aquarium with links to sites where the information is explained. (This is by no means a fully complete list but may be added to at a later date)

There is no easy and fast way to becoming an octopus keeper but by reading around the subject, checking out past posts on TONMO.com and by keeping hardier marine fish for a while; you will get there eventually!

It is important for first time marine invertebrate keepers to learn how to control the water parameters and familiarize yourself with the equipment. It is a tough lesson learnt that kills your octopus!

Some people have managed to set up an octopus aquarium with no prior knowledge of keeping marine invertebrates and have done well. However, that is the exception. Too many octopuses are bought on impulse and inevitably die through incorrect care. Please refrain from jumping in headfirst and set up the aquarium properly at least 3 months in advance.

What species of octopus do you want to buy? This can be a frustrating time because the vast majority of shops that sell octopuses have no idea of the species name! They are often called 'brown octopus', 'common octopus', 'Bali octopus' or even worse simply 'Octopus'. You need to know what species it is or at least what locality the octopus came from. That can make a big difference in its care requirement!

If you buy an unknown small octopus with a 1" mantle length it could be a baby that will grow to over 3 feet arms spread or perhaps it is a...
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About the Author
Colin is a Countryside Ranger with a background in Applied Biological Sciences and joined the TONMO.com staff in March 2002. Based in one of the UK's largest country parks he is responsible for the care, conservation and management of many natural waterways, woodlands, bogs and forests across Lanarkshire. He is a published author on cephalopods and experienced in keeping them in the home; this includes cuttlefish and octopuses, and has advanced diplomas in both ‘Fish Biology & Fish Health’ and ‘Water Quality & Filtration’. Colin is a licensed amphibian worker and currently lives just South of Glasgow, Scotland.


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