i'm pretty sure im ready to do this. its been about 3 or 4 months of me researching this and i think i have all my bases covered. but i wanted to run it by you guys and make sure im not forgetting anything. this is my first octo. and i want to make sure i provide the best opportunity for me and my octo to be happy together. to start with i have been keeping reef tanks for about 2 years now. i'm no expert. but i would consider myself pretty knowlegable about this hobby. i am an active member of my local reefing club. and i currently have a sweet 150g in-wall at home that is my pride and joy. it started with me asking my boss if i could put a nano in my office at work. he liked the idea so much he wanted to put it in the lobby in stead. so rather than going with a little 10g like i had planned we kicked around a few ideas like a lionfish, or puffers, but ultimatley we decided to go with an octopus. so i set up an old 55g i had. i knew it had never seen copper. and it wasn't too big. we set it up about 12 or 13 weeks ago. it has a deltec hob skimmer and a hob refugium i rigged up with cheato, corbon, and some floss pads i clean on a regular basis. i do 5g water changes every other week from my own ro/di system at home. i have had some fish in there on and off. ( i've kinda been using it as a holding tank as i do work on my 150 at home) and it currently has a bunch of snails as a CUC. i have a buddy in my club who cuts acrylic from a cnc machine and he is making me precission cuts lids for the tank. once i get the lids. im confident my tank will be set up pretty escape proof. im planning on ordering it from liveaquaria. i know i wont get a garontee of species but i hoping for A.aculeatus. im pretty sure my settup will acomidate aculeatus pretty well. im also going to be orderind either fiddler crabs or shore shrimp from this online site from St Augustine florida. i have rubbermaid buckets i will be using as holding tanks for the food. and i may have to change this setup acording to what my octo wants to eat. im hoping he will like fiddler crabs. then i can just keep an inch of water in the bottom of a bucket with some rocks. if i change the water on a regular basis the crabs should be ok. i will be using the waste water from the bi weekly water changes to freshen the water for the crabs. im hoping i have everything covered. if i am missing something PLEASE let me know. i dont want to hurt an octo by my ignorance. and any help will be greatly appreciated.