I've been trying to find out more about keeping more than one octopus in a tank all year long. So far this is what I've been advised:
You can keep more than one octopus in a tank
IF you have a very large tank
IF you have more dens than octopuses
IF you feed the octopuses very well
IF they are always the same size
Otherwise, they may eat each other.
Joubini is a small octopus (also known as the Small-egg Caribbean Pygmy Octopus). It even lives off of our Texas coast. I can't remember any TONMO member ever keeping one. Don't know where you might get one, but someone might offer it.
Thanks to all for your salutations and replys. As Nancy indicated I am a newbie to this site. I am an advid aquarist and love any time I can learn to better my craft for the well being of the little things we take in under our care.
To answer Joels question, I reside in Florida on the East Coast and have access to what I consider a pretty resource of species due to this location.
Nancy, I too have dug through piles of information to find out if it is possible to keep multiple octopus in a well suited invironment. My main concern is also if their are certain species that are more willing to co-habitate than others.
I am looking for captive breed O. joubini , due to their typical short life span.
Thanks for your reply Colin. I have had no problem finding octo here thats for sure. I am surprised I did not get this facinated so much earlier in this aspect of aquaia. Doing various Marine tanks for over 17 years.
I do hope I can find a young (cb) joubini somehow. Due to their very short lifespan and my growing affection for anything I care for, it is a comprise I may have to deal with.
I know everyone seems sold on bimacs but I am running out of room for larger aquriums in my home. I have 3 options as I see it.
1. get a bigger house~~~moving tanks is so much fun!!!!
2. seal the house and flood it with saltwater, and go nuts~~~~thats sounds fun
3. get a joubini in a 20 gallon and be scared it will pass to soon.
They both can be found around your area. As for CB mercatoris, I don't think anyone breeds them commercially possibly due to their short livespan and that they're nocturnal. But it still wouldn't hurt to try.
I have heard that alot, but it was one factor in getting the wife to agree. I can not figure it out, with all the sealife I have she still loves the damsels. While my wife helps you get a new tank, maybe your wife can tell mine that damsels are wretched. :P
I will have fun like I did with my reefs to get them out. Fast little buggers.