hi. i am very glad to be here. i promised myself that when i completed my master's in biology that i would get an octopus for myself. well, i have submitted the final version (hopefully) of my thesis this afternoon. and so now i'm ready to begin the process of keeping my promise. i've been a lurker for a while, and i have some idea of what's in store for me. i'm hoping to start really planning my tank and having it running by the end of june. if all goes well, i can get an octopus for christmas. i have read two books so far: the new marine aquarium by michale s. paletta and cephalapods: octopuses and cuttlefishes for the home aquarium by by colin dunlop and nancy king. i'm sure i'll be posting lots of questions, and i'm looking forward to your advice.