Octopus in the UK

Discussion in 'Octopus Care' started by ctarry, Dec 20, 2006.

  1. ctarry

    ctarry Larval Mass Registered

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    hi, i'm new here and new to keeping octopus

    I have kept marines for a while now including seahorses, morays, stonefish, lionfish ect, aswell as dangerous freshwater fish like 4 species of piranha and an electric eel.

    anyway, i have a 30gal tank spare at the moment and want to keep an octopus (done a fare bit of research and know about water quality ect).
    what is the best species to keep in a tank this size that shouldn't be a problem to get hold of in the UK?
    anyone know of where to get them?

    i have been in contact with someone, but his suppliers can only get vulgaris at around 2" (grow too big for a tank this size?) and blue ringed (i know they are deadly and would love one, but have heard they live only for a few months which is putting me off :sad: )

    any ideas guys?
    thanks
     
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    Just an FYI but a few months to a year and a half is all you can expect out of any octopus.
     
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    thanks, i now that they have short lifespans, but don't really want something that will live for 1 or maybe 2 months - which is what it sounds like with blue ringed. whats the longest anyone here has kept a blue ring for?

    i know that vulgaris can have a long life span in terms of octopus age anyway :razz:
     
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    I think a bluerings entire lifespan is around 6-8 months. You're lucky if you get a young one. I don't think anyone here advocates keeping bluerings because of their potential to kill.
     
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    i have just found out that the blue ring available is the size of a golf ball.
    young?
     
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