Ok so here it goes, I visited my LFS again today, and the little mercratoris that they have is still there after four weeks. I was speaking to the guy there and he told me that they have it eating frozen krill, and it comes out at closing (8pm) to accept its food. Right now they have it in a tiny hamster ball in their coral display tank. I have spoken to the gentlemen and he stated that he would sell it to me for 15 dollars (a steal i think) I know that my tank is very young, and that normally i would consider putting a octo in a young tank very irresponsible. However, I have had no noticeable cycle and my nitrates have been consistently low (less then 10) four about a week now. All of the rock and the majority of the sand was from a previously existing tank. Tonight i put a couple pieces of food in the tank and will let it decompose (i have a clean up crew that will eat some of it) and see what affect it has on my water quality. If there is not noticeable spike, do you think it would be ok to pick up the octo this weekend? Its mantle is about the size of a marble so i doubt it could add that much bio-load to my system (although i know they are messy). Should I do it or not?