Common Octpopus (Octopus vulgaris) Size

Discussion in 'Octopus Care' started by d.j.adams, Feb 16, 2007.

  1. d.j.adams

    d.j.adams Cuttlefish Registered

    Dec 13, 2003
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    My first octopus died after 9 days in my tank and after refusing to feed, it was a Californian and would apear that owing to its size it nd total lack of interest in all food it may have died purely due to old age.

    I am about to order another octopus and was thinking ording a jevenil or small Common Octopus vulgaris, I was wondering on growth rate and full size as I would start off in my 30 gallon tank which is heavy skimmed and filtered and if necessary move up to a 60 or 90 gallon tank that I have in the garage.

    Its just the californian is hard to obtain here in the uk, well in good condition and in excess of £50 to buy and after the last one dying I thought a common octopus may be worth a go.

    Any ones thoughts as usual would be greatly appreciated

  2. pipsquek

    pipsquek Wonderpus Supporter

    Nov 9, 2003
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    You're going to need a lot more than 90 gallons. I think 200 might be a good medium size, but it's a pretty large octo when it's full grown. Six to eight feet from tip to tip is going to take up a lot of space, plus the strength will take a lot to contain. Bimacs may be expensive for you up front, but the vulgaris is going to exceed that in food cost.

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