Well, I'm not only getting my first octopus, I'm getting my first aquarium. Yeah, I know they're a challenge, especially for beginners, but I have a lot of faith in myself as well as a very experienced friend who helps me out. Yet, he is experienced with freshwater fish, not octopuses so I'm here to ask for some advice. First of all I don't know which octopus specie I will get as the stores don't know either. All I know is that they are all tropical and "rarely get big" or they have "never seen a big octopus". Thats what they told me, so I imagine approximately 30cm or so. Actually I have no idea, that was just the impression I got. One of the stores told me they had a mimic octopus at the moment and also told me that they haven't seen anyone bigger than that. So first question. Does anyone in here happen to know or have any tips on how to get an octopus in Norway? Yup, that tiny country up in the north of Europe. For now I'm thinking to call a lot of pet stores around the country and ask them to note my name and give me a call if they ever get one. The ones I've spoken too till now, both said that they rarely get one, but it happens. Like with the mimic. So any tips on how to increase my chances of finding one? No, I can't drive to Britain or anything. It has to be shipped to Norway or possible to buy within Norway. Oh, and for the info, I live in Bergen. So here is the equipment I've thought of for now: Jewel Vision 450l/119 galleon aquarium 343l/91 galleon aquarium for the sump (don't know the name of this one) Deltec MCE600 skimmer Recirculation pump Tunze Master 1073, 03, 3000/hour, lifting height 3m (I'm not sure what the first two numbers are as I haven't bought it yet and this is from an ad) Light: one juwel t5 and one t8 (again this is from the ad, so please let me know if I'm unclear) Will build a stand myself An AquaMedic (I think) reverse omosis device for clean water, though I suppose this part doesn't really matter much Am-top 3338 filter So is this alright? And how much salt and and live rock do I? I was thinking to use live sand as well. If I'm correct, me and my buddy was thinking 3 bags of live sand + one bag of normal sand (all of which are 25kg each I think). So what do you guys think? I need all the tips and help I can have. And please don't tell me this is too difficult for a beginner, because it isn't. I'm getting a lot of help as well as reading tons myself, so I can handle this.