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Hello,
I am new to the forum and have a question. Is my tank set up to have an octo:
29gal
29 lbs of Live Rock
18 watt 50/50 reef sun lighting
3 inch deep live sand
100 watt heater
powerhead
airstones
Bio Wheel filter (Carbon)
Prizm Skimmer ( for tanks up tp 100 gallons)
Running for about 14 months
Ph 8.3
Nitrates 0
Nitrites 0
Ammonia 0

Any help would be greatly appreciated
 

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:welcome: Chipper!!

Your tank would be perfect for a bimac for a few months, but would outgrow it and eventually need a bigger tank. :)
Also, lighting isn't necessary for most cephs.
 

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Hi and welcome to TONMO.com.

Colin and I are in the process of revising our recommendations for keeping an octopus (a bimac) and are increasing the tank size recommendation to a minimum of 50 gallons. Some of the bimacs grow rather large and, to be comfortable and move around a bit, need the larger tank. It also helps handle the waste produced by the octopus. ou could have a younger octopus or a dwarf in a smaller tank like you have, but most people prefer the bimac.

All the best,

Nancy
 

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Your tank should be ok for an octo, but the size would only allow smaller octo's to live comfortably ( adult ) with space to swim etc... If you're planning to get the smaller octos, I suggest that the light be less strong as most of them are nocturnal. You could try "moon lighting" :)
 

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Thanks everyone. I am planning on upgrading my tank to a 55 or 75 gal within the next couple of months. I woulf put the octo in the 29gal in the mean time. How do you octo proof a tank? I have read that you can use nylon stockings to cover any openings they might crawl up. Also what is "moon lighting" where do you get the light bulbs for that?
 

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Duct tape is what I use for octo proofing, but you usually don't need it since bimacs don't tend to escape.
 

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Hi Chipper,

Although bimacs may tend to escape less than other species, they do occasionally make a run for it. We know of two bimacs who have gotten out of the tank - one died on the floor, and the other was found in time.
So duct tape to seal a cover (with some vents) is very useful.

I used netting to cover the overflow opeinings and other places where a small octo might crawl in. Some people have other solutions.

Nancy
 

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Moon lighting is that blue light we see in fish stores, they simulate moon light , hence the name, They can also help make some corals light up literally ( #$$&^ I can't remember the word for it)
 

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