Discussion in 'Octopus Care' started by Rios, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. Rios

    Rios Larval Mass Registered

    Jun 19, 2009
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    How much money do you guys usually spend on taking care of an octopus, and setting everything up for it?
  2. Joe-Ceph

    Joe-Ceph Haliphron Atlanticus Supporter

    Sep 25, 2006
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    It seems to vary a lot. My Bimac is happy to eat pieces of thawed frozen shrimp and scallop, so food costs me almost nothing, but some people need to feed live food, which can cost a lot (like crabs from a fish/aquarium store).

    Also, my bimac needs a cold tank, with a chiller, which was expensive to buy, and uses a lot of electricity. If your octo eats frozen food and you don't need a chiller, I think it is cheap, but a lot of people seem to spend a lot on food.
  3. L8 2 RISE

    L8 2 RISE Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

    Dec 14, 2007
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    Usually around $1000 to set up the tank, plus up to $60 a week for food, plus salt for water changes.
  4. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

    Sep 4, 2006
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    Gainesville, GA USA
    Since I maintain 8 saltwater aquariums (and usually a pico or experimental tank or two) it is hard to break out just the octo costs. I spend roughly $50 a month to feed both my briareus and macropus (macropus will not eat frozen shrimp so she gets live fiddlers and clams, briareus gets frozen shrimp most days and live fiddlers once or twice a week). I change out 20+ (5 a week) gallons of water on each tank monthly, replace the carbon (about half a cup) monthly and top off freshwater daily with home filtered RO/DI water. I keep a few soft corals and serpents in their tanks and supplement with frozen Cyclop-eeze and frozen mysis daily (adding another $10 to $15 to my monthly food bill but the frozen food expense includes feeding the other 6+ tanks as well).

    Tank costs seem to be running between $1,000 and $1,500 (see tank talk forums) but can be set up for less if you are willing to go with used equipment, do a lot of DIY and wait for exceptional pricing to show up on eBay or Craig's List.

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