Introducing myself and Eleanora

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I'm Ali. I'm an aquarist at a small marine science center. We are currently hosting Eleanora, a giant pacific octopus. We are wanting to move into one of our other local species which doesn't come with quite such a convenient husbandry guide, the Red Pacific. So I'm lurking around for tips on smaller species.

 
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Welcome to TONMO / thanks for joining! What is the tank size? I wonder if O. vulgaris (common octopus) wouldn't be a more manageable size for your needs? Not a particularly small species, but smaller than GPO.
 

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Welcome to TONMO / thanks for joining! What is the tank size? I wonder if O. vulgaris (common octopus) wouldn't be a more manageable size for your needs? Not a particularly small species, but smaller than GPO.
The GPO is in 560 gallon tank, open system. She will be released in September per our collection permit. It's a doable tank but requires a lot of time to provide sufficient enrichment to keep her happy.

I'm looking at a 70g tank for the O. rubescens. We focus on local species and are located in Washington State, so O. vulgaris is not an option for us. It's not a common captive species for some very good reasons (nocturnal, nasty bite, likes to escape) but as you said, a smaller octopus would be better for our facility size.
 

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Gotcha. Hopefully we'll get some suggestions here...

Are you near Seattle Aquarium / Puget Sound?
 

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