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Hi, I'm Meagan a 21 year old college student in Houston Texas. I have always been interested in marine life, particularly in octopi. I'm possibly getting one next year, after i finish up college. After a few days of lurking here I've decided to join. Ive never kept a salt water anything, (rarely do i even keep fish) and want to be fully prepared before even considering bringing an Octopus into my home. Seeing how informative this site and users are I figured ya'll could help me with the many questions I'll have in the future.
 

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Welcome to TONMO!

Have you read the octopus care articles and sifted through the Octopus Care forum?
 

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Thanks for the welcome!
I have read through some of the care articles, though the major questions I have will be more related to tank size, set up, etc. That and if any reputable dealers are located here in Texas, I don't want to have mine shipped if at all possible to avoid. I'd assume someone locally deals in them considering I live in a coastal area.
 

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There's a tank forum in Octopus Care.

Houston is sufficiently close to the shore that if you can find a local dealer you'll probably be okay. The species you'll probably want to look for is briareus; if you have a sufficiently large tank, you can have a vulgaris, but that's a bad idea.
 

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The best place to start is with a saltwater reef or fish tank. This way you can get a hang of the care and maintenance.

Make sure to check out the Journals section to see what other people are keeping and what kind of care they give their multi-armed friends.


you can have a vulgaris, but that's a bad idea
Why do say that? They are fantastic octopuses I loved mine and can't wait for the opportunity to keep another.
 

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CaptFish;179933 said:
Why do say that? They are fantastic octopuses I loved mine and can't wait for the opportunity to keep another.
Well, if she can afford a sufficiently big tank. But odds are a 21-year-old college student can't afford one.
 

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I feel like such a noob asking this, but how large do briareus and vulgaris grow?
I'd probably want to start out with something smaller, I have a friend who's getting rid of a large tank, though I'm not sure how big it is yet. What size tank do you guys recommend?

CaptFish,
I'll look into starting one, it seems like a good way to get used to things.
I've been reading some of the journals, they are pretty interesting. There's a lot more care involved than I originally anticipated, but that's not a discouragement.
 

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A while back someone living near Corpus asked about how to catch local octopus. Here's the thread, in case you want to try to learn how to catch your own.
 

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Joe-Ceph, thanks for the info, though it would be very fun to try...
I don't think I'm quite the person to be catching my own. I'd be too afraid I'd injure it and/or myself, lol.
 

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okay, but it might be really tough to get a local octopus caught by anybody else that is in good shape (wasn't caught with hooks). Maybe they are caught as by-catch by shrimp or crab fishermen, and you can convince ($) one of them to hold one for you. I suspect your best bet would be to just buy one from the usual sources recommended on Tonmo, and deal with the risks/costs of shipping.
 

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