do octopus need any light at all?

Discussion in 'Octopus Care' started by passis, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. passis

    passis Larval Mass Registered

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    Hey guys, congratulations for this great resorce website, since one year i spend 1 hour a day reading about octopus and its cares about how to have one happy at your home, so i start this hooby "Fishkeeping" just to have a octopus pet, cause since i was young i'm really fascinated on these peculiar and very very strange creatures! .. ok cut of the bull**

    So has i told before i start this hobby just to have one octopus, and i started from zero! so now my tank is mature for 2 months and ready to host my pet, i did not get any lights to mature the aqua i save some good money and i save my system from algae to.

    Since i live in south of Portugal, just by the beach :P, i can easily get a vulgaris octupus, i'm aware of the the grow issue(100gal of tank), and i get them for free witch is very good on the specie choice issue to.
    so my question is really simple..

    do i need any lighting at all in the tank? and why? :)

    My best regards to all, i just love this 'corner'!
    Pedro
     
  2. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Welcome to TONMO. Octopuses have no known need for tank lighting. If yo are not trying to keep corals you should be ready for an octopus soon.
     
  3. L8 2 RISE

    L8 2 RISE Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    :welcome: I would put a cheap desk lamp or something on there at least just to keep it's "calendar" on track. I know I would go crazy if I never knew if it were day or night, but apart from that, there's no need.
     
  4. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi, and welcome to TONMO.com!

    It's never totally dark in the places where they live in the ocean - so you need some ambient light. What you probably don't need is some light over the tank.

    What else is living/growing in the tank?

    Nancy
     
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    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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  6. passis

    passis Larval Mass Registered

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    Hey guys, thanks for the answers, as soon i've put the octopus inside the tank, some nassarius, some hermit crabs and the octopus will be the only living inside.
    I have ambient light witch is the room top lights!
     

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