How do you keep him in the tank?

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  1. rdefino

    rdefino Larval Mass Registered

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    I'm looking at doing a setup maybe 55gal to 75. What is the best way to keep him in the tank? What are the tricks?
     
  2. corw314

    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Good old Duck Tape!!! Miracle item!!! Used for many many things! I have used it on my octopus tanks for years with no ill effects and never an escapee!
     
  3. Cephkid

    Cephkid Sepia elegans Supporter

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    Welcome! :welcome:

    DDDDDDDUUUUUUUCCCCCTTTTTTTTAAAAAAPPPPPEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!! :madsci:
     
  4. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Yes, quite a few of us use duct tape. It doesn't hold underwater and if you're using it in really damp conditions, better check it frequently. I keep a role of black duct tape beside the tank so it can be changed out easily. Also, when I had my bimac, I kept a heavy brick on the tank cover as well.

    Nancy
     
  5. Jean

    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Bricks are good!....There are many and varied ways to try (yes I said try) to keep an octi in the tank......duct tape, bricks, wet silicon, astroturf etc etc, but I think the best is a combination of bricks, duct tape and eternal vigilance!


    J
     
  6. joel_ang

    joel_ang Architeuthis Registered

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    Well, you should cover your tank with a lid, seal all possible escape routes and weigh the lid down with the above mentioned stuff.
     
  7. ddarko66

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    At what size did your octos start trying to escape?


    DDarko
     
  8. Jean

    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Ohhhh quite big really....y'know as soon as they get out of the egg!!!!

    Seriously we've had'em escape at about 2-3 cm mantle length!

    J
     
  9. ddarko66

    ddarko66 Blue Ring Registered

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    My little guy shows no interest in escaping. I have never seen him above the top half of the tank. I have live rock stacked bottom to top in the tank so maybe there are enough places to explore. I have artificial turf around the sides of the canopy and leave the top open on the tank. As my guy grows larger I am sure I will have to take further steps to keep him in..


    DDarko
     
  10. Scouse

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    I am currently working on my tank top and making it octo proof.

    I'll let you know how i get on and post some pics.

    Perspex, perspex, perspex

    i also wanna make some open bit on the top to enhance my gas exchange ( water only few mm off top of tank glass screen and minimal ventilation to sump) so tryin to avoid many difficulties in a major swoop!!!

    also my inflow drops through this screen.......hhhhmmmm

    thats complete jibberish what ive just wrote but am workin on it!!!!!
     
  11. Scouse

    Scouse Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    also a comment/question i have on duct tape....

    well i suppose peoples tanks are configured in different manners but picture this....

    you have the top of your tank with water, then you have the lid of some sort and the holes are taped up with duct tape...yeah brilliant...


    but what about your light(s)???

    even thou you only require low light, you have a least one (white) light, then possibly a second (blue) light.

    so im fascinated how people managed to make it safe and stop water being splashed onto the bulbs, risking them blowing. With an octopus stickin its arms out the water surley this is a significant risk :?: :?: :?:

    or do people not view this as a risk????

    cheers in advance
     
  12. cthulhu77

    cthulhu77 Titanites Supporter

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    I've always suspended my lights above the tank...usually by chain.
     
  13. joel_ang

    joel_ang Architeuthis Registered

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    I used an clear acrylic lid/cover and placed the lights on top.
     
  14. Scouse

    Scouse Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    nice one fellas
     
  15. know-it-all

    know-it-all O. vulgaris Registered

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    Oh, I thought you duct taped the octopus in the tank :shock:


    Couldn't resist :twisted:
     
  16. cthulhu77

    cthulhu77 Titanites Supporter

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    Hehe...or rub it on your hair and stick it to the glass... :lol:
     
  17. cthulhu77

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    "nice one fellas"
    :D we do aim to please.
     
  18. Burstsovenergy24

    Burstsovenergy24 Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Supporter

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    haha :heee:

    Me too.
     
  19. Darwinishungry

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    I've heard that Octopuses learn to escape astroturf if they are big enough. So whatever method you use, beware.

    :shock:

    -DIH
     

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