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hey i was wondering how to convince your parents to let you get an octo lol. like if there any educational stuff that could come out of it or something along those lines. any advice would be appreciated. thx
 

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If I were a parent I'd be hesitant to invest $1000+ in an octopus, especially given the transitory nature of most kids' interest.

Be that as it may, the best strategy might be to show that you're serious about it. If you're old enough to get a job you might do so and start saving towards an octopus system. Not only will that mean money to do it, but it will also demonstrate to your parents that you're willing to put your money where your mouth is.

Good luck!

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My advice would be to wait until you have a job...thats the ONLY way you can show your serious depending on how your parents look at you. How old are you though? It might not be too far away until you can start preparing. Good luck though.
 

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What I did was fund my own tank and it can be done I now many people who have no real job and have funded a fish tank.You just have to be ready to save alot of money. For me it was a space issue and thats what I had to talk to my parents about.

Maybe starting a small freshwater tank then slowly moving up. That way you will be able to show your parents that you are realy serious.


-Tom
 

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I haven't paid $1000+ on my 75 reef, with an Emporer 400, AGA aquarium, stand, canopy, T5 light fixture, skimmer, and the livestock. I've maybe spent $700. I buy everything used. I got the tank, stand, canopy, filter, and heater all for $100. The T5 fixture was $200. Live rock was all from a local reefer's tank breakdown, and all livestock was also from the breakdown. You just have to be patient. Sure, I coulda bought it all new, and done it quicker, but I saved a lot of $. It did take me 2 years o get it all set up, but with an octo tank, you don't need much LR, and no other livestock.
 

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Brock Fluharty;80222 said:
It did take me 2 years o get it all set up, but with an octo tank, you don't need much LR, and no other livestock.
You don't need the T5, either.
 

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Yeah. Go slow, and join a local reef club (people are ALWAYS breaking down tanks, or selling off various equipment) so you don't have to pay for shipping.
 

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Also learn as much as you can, local library, internet can be useful (after all you found us!!!) also if you have a local public aquarium see if they take volunteers (some do, some don't, some have an age restriction etc) But if you can that would a) show your parents you're serious and b) give you some hands on experience and quality octopus time........it may even be an alternative to having one at home. I work in an aquarium and get my octopus fix there as I simply don't have time to look after one at home (or the space!)

Hope this helps

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Jean;80286 said:
Also learn as much as you can, local library, internet can be useful (after all you found us!!!) also if you have a local public aquarium see if they take volunteers (some do, some don't, some have an age restriction etc) But if you can that would a) show your parents you're serious and b) give you some hands on experience and quality octopus time........it may even be an alternative to having one at home. I work in an aquarium and get my octopus fix there as I simply don't have time to look after one at home (or the space!)

Hope this helps

Jean
Lol, I wish my aquarium would let volunteers work with the octopus after volunteering for a long time or just as a specified invertabrate feeder. According to the biologists there, you have to be a certified biologist to even go near the octopus for volunteering as in feeding, or anything.

Well, you can always have a behind the scenes tour which iv had twice, but since its not an animal on the computer thats priced for behind the scenes touring, you never know what will happen cuz you can be like me and end up paying 130 bucks if you wanna see it a second time thoroughly. The first time they'll probably let you see it for about 10 minutes, lol.
 
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