Ready for an octopus?

Discussion in 'Octopus Care' started by ieatfalalfel, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. ieatfalalfel

    ieatfalalfel Wonderpus Registered

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    Hello, I have had my tank cycling since august and have a lawnmower bleeny as well as a couple stars. The Blenny is big and I would probably trade him back in when my octo gets bigger. All my water levels are good. Its a 60 gallon tank and I was thinking of an O. Briareus from Tom's Carribean. I have an Aquaclear powerfilter for 110 gallon tanks and an AquaCRemora protein skimmer. There is a lot of live rock with crystalline algae. I will be finishing my octoproofing today. I have a good supply of shrimp, crabs, fish, and other food items at my LFS that I would feed. Does anybody see a problem with this? Am I ready for an octopus?
     
  2. SabrinaR

    SabrinaR Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    I dont see any problem here. It sounds like you are ready. Have you been reading? Do you know how to acclimate them? Are you prepared to feed only live foods if you cant get the octopus to eat froze? Are you sure that none of the live foods have been treated with copper? Are you prepared to upgrade your tank if you get O. vulgaris (require 125 gallons min) These are only questions you know. Your set up is sound but I would recommend upgrading your skimmer when you can. O. briareus are on the larger side and the first time your octopus inks you will be greatful for the upgrade. Also many of us keep an airstone in our sump to help with gas exchange.

    Congrats on the set up! You have waited a good while to get the tank ready which in and of itself is a difficult task for most. Good luck!
     
  3. ieatfalalfel

    ieatfalalfel Wonderpus Registered

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    What skimmer would you recommend to go with my Remora? Is there no way to specify with Tom what you want? Does he know how to ID the species?
     
  4. SabrinaR

    SabrinaR Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    He does a bit... Ask for a long armed octopus, but even that is no guarantee. He does the best he can but like we all know octopuses looks can change at will.

    As far as the skimmer goes, I would recommend it be rated at least 3 times the size of your aquarium. If you buy one in addition to the remora maybe a urchin or something else that can go in your sump. But if you want to completely replace it something like the octopus brand would work. I have heard good things about this brand on my local fish forum.
     

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