Nautilus pompilius


Colossal Squid
there are no plans for a care sheet as not many people keep them and those that do cant often satisfy their needs...

are they for a home aquarium?


Colossal Squid
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Just visited Jenkinson's Aquarium and they still have the same Nautilus in a 55 Gal tank looks like a undergravel filter run by powerheads and I would think some other type of filtration. They keep it in a darkened tank. Most people would not even know he is there unless they read the signs.


Colossal Squid
Are you sure you really want a nautilus?

I believe they are hard to keep, are very unresponsive and you will need to keep them in a deep aquarium in cold water in the dark. Nonetheless, good luck if you do attempt it.

In short, they make poor pets and require very specific conditions and I don't think many people around here would recommend keeping them.

For information you might want to have a look at this old thread:


Very few people keep nautilus in a home aquarium as they need a deep tank , chillers and they aren't too easy to care for. I only know one of our members L_S has kept a nautilus before, but it only lasted a couple of days. Do a search and see if you can find the thread, he had a few nice shots of it but i'm not sure if the images are still there.


apart from the requirements - why do you want one - not to be rude - but they really dont have any personality like other cephs as far as i have heard, i think a purpose built setup could house one if you did lots of research but what is the point!!! lol

arent they a threatened species anyway - i know you can get them but...

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