So I won a baby briareus on Ebay and received him in the mail a couple days ago! He's about the size of a 50 cent piece. I named him Octavius. :D He's in a 50 gallon with a Seaclone 100 Protein Skimmer, a Fluval 304 filter, and a small heater to keep the temp a little bit above room temperature. I have mostly reef rocks in there - no live rock yet. For the substrate I have a layer of crushed coral with some live aragonite sand above that. I'm really happy that I fed him a small square of frozen shrimp. He accepted it after me waving it around him on the feeding stick for about 30 seconds. :] Have some fiddler crabs from that aquaculture store on the way too! Just hope they aren't too big for him to tackle. I have a few questions for you experienced ceph keeprs: 1) Is it reasonable to assume that a baby octopus would produce less waste than an adult and therefore the ammonia levels would stay fairly low? I've read a bunch of posts on here saying like "three months minimum before you even consider putting anything in!" but found an interesting post that said "if you test daily and do water changes very frequently, the cycle will take longer but you can put stuff in right away." Prior to putting the octopus in, I had a fair amount of fish in there for about 2 weeks. I removed them all before I added the octopus and did a water change. He seems to be fine as he accepted the food on the second night in the new environment! 2) Is there anyway to make him feel braver so that he won't hide all the time? I've been trying to keep the lights dim and I use a red LED light to look for him but I guess it's just a waiting game.. can't wait to see the colors flash!! :] I'm well aware that octopuses are very sensitive but I think this one will do just fine in the setup that he's in, if I'm careful, correct? I have no school and just a part time job for the next 3 months so this shouldn't be too much of a problem! Anyway, I love this site. Go octos :] I'll post some pics for sure once he is more comfortable!