Ceph Care, Past and Future

by Nancy King, January 2006


Three Years of Ceph Care
Looking back on the last three years of the Ceph Care Forum, I can see we've learned a lot and made progress in keeping our cephs well. I've had in mind for some time to write about how Ceph Care has evolved over these years and will make this year-end review an annual event. We've seen a number of changes: the members we're attracting, the species being kept and the level of sophistication of the member tanks. We're also getting many more posts daily with widely varying topics. Colin and I still moderate the forums but are assisted by three special contributors.

One of the most significant accomplishments as a group is to record actual ceph behavior and put to rest some rumors that were persistent a few years ago. Two that come to mind are that O. bimaculoides (bimacs) never bite and that bimacs never try to escape. Three years ago these views were widely held. I even remember saying to my husband as my bimac was nibbling on him, "She can't be biting you – bimacs don't bite!" She did bite and many others have after her, and now we tell people that their bimacs can bite them. The idea that bimacs don't try to escape may grow out of the fact that they don't try to escape nearly as much as do some other species, like O. vulgaris. We had to lose several bimacs to 'escapology' before we could definitively say that bimac tanks must be made escape-proof.

Consolidating our Knowledge
Trying to communicate the best ceph keeping methods to our members was difficult using individual posts. Over time, we've accumulated a body of articles under...
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About the Author
Nancy has an interest in all things cephy but especially octopus behavior. She maintains two saltwater aquariums and has kept O. bimaculoides and O. briareus as well as many other invertebrates. She joined the TONMO.com staff in March 2002 with a background in management, editing and technical writing in technology companies. She enjoys helping people with ceph keeping, including writing articles. Nancy also has a strong background in art and currently works in precious metals and watercolor with a goal of producing high quality art with marine themes. She holds an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin and presently lives in Dallas, Texas - only five hours from the Gulf!


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