Cycling a Cephalopod Tank

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  1. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    We see more and more keepers that are not yet experienced marine hobbyists and want to begin with their new hobby with either cuttlefish or an octopus. While this is not recommended it is our goal to provide as much information as we can to help the journey be successful. The first step is acquiring what Thales calls a saltwater thumb and it begins with learning how to cycle a tank and understanding how a tank matures. To that end I will try to collect articles here for those that will be successful to ingest :grin:

    I'll start with current posted references but hope to go back and find some of the other scattered among the posts. Feel free to add article references below with a note on why you like the approach. I will post the article link in this initial post but leave the original comment as it was written.

    Starting Your First FO or FOWLR Marine System - Reef Santuary, member leebca, via TMoct
    The Mature Aquarium - Reef Santuary, member leebca via TMoct
     
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    From TMoct's tank build out thread:

    I'll essentially use the following recipes for "maturing" the tank, with modifications for an octopus tank (not introducing fish, etc.):
    http://www.reefsanctuary.com/forums...arting-your-first-fo-fowlr-marine-system.html
    http://www.reefsanctuary.com/forums/fish-diseases-treatments/29836-mature-aquarium.html

    I like those two descriptions of tank preparation because they are very thorough, and also make it clear that "cycling" the tank is only the first of two major steps, and that the tank needs to be "matured" after cycling.
     

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