my new octo

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  1. cheesman

    cheesman Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    Ok so long story short im building a 120 gallon (4'x2'x2') octopus tank [:octopus:]. I am looking for an octopus species that is warm water, personable, and is a good size for the tank. Any suggestions?
     
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    bluespotocto Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    I would say aculeatus but they are a little small for your tank. There mantle gets to about 2 in full grown. They are diurnal so thats good. Another species is a nocturnal one that does get bigger, but i dont know there name. If you want interactive get a diurnal.
     
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    caribbean reef octos are beautiful and would be just fine in that tank.
     
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    cheesman Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    Do you think two aculeatus would fit (with a seperator of course)? I obviously wouldnt start with two, but if I decide its manageable it seems feasable to me.
     
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    it would just fit through if it wanted to
     
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    I would recommend a Briareus. You can check AM's journal about Kalypso or D's about Suenami for more info. I think it is a pretty neat looking octopus and it would fit pretty good in your tank.
     
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    Briareus is nocturnal but will come out some during the day (as you can see from some of SueNami's videos referenced in the above post). If you want an elegant, flowing swimmer for a large tank, you can't go wrong with briareus and they are one of the more available species.

    Hummelincki would also be quite happy with your tank. Esthetically it is a smaller, more benthic and less graceful animal but a terrific octopus for interaction.

    Multiple octos in a tank (other than the nocturnal mercatoris dwarf), divided or not, has not worked well for the few that have tried. Unfortunately the posts I am thinking of are likely more than a year old and might be difficult to locate. In one case the two octos were kept together and the male was found dead. The other that comes to mind was a divided tank with to different species and there was serious aggression and successful partition breaches.
     
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    Thanks everyone for the help, I like the idea of Hummelincki, but am still not sure. What is the price difference between Aculeatus, Briareus, and Hummelincki? Not to buy on price, but I don't really want to break the bank.
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    You will see a range of prices but the difference will not be by species. Briareus is likely to be the least expensive because there is a known supplier that frequently finds them and the are native to the US. Aculeatus is likely to be the most expensive because it must ship from Indonesia but hummelincki is harder to find (also a Caribbean species). The difference in pricing is not bank breaking and will likely be within $25.
     

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