Starting my first octo tank

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  1. Ulmo21

    Ulmo21 Larval Mass Registered

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    Hello everyone!
    I've been running my 55 gallon tank now for a liitle over a year. I've got some cool stuff but am ready for a new challenge. I am thinking to start my first octo tank. I really want to do it in my 10 gallon. I haven't found anyone taking this approach before but wanted to see what you all thought. It would have:

    Eheim 2211 or 2213 canister filter
    Visi-jet protein skimmer
    regular flourecents
    1" live sand
    15-25# live rock(not sure what kind yet)

    I'm sure i would add other goodies as i go but this would be in my initial startup budget. I've spoken with the local pet store where they keep octos as a hobby and we have arranged a deal so when my octos outgrow the 10 gallon they will trade me for a new baby octo.

    Does anyone think this is feasable or am i being unrealistic?
    Thank you for all your great posts and articles!

    Ulmo21
     
  2. spartacus

    spartacus Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    good evening young'n & :welcome: to TONmo
    goodluck with your octoquest to which I can be of no assistance as I am into the dead fossiliferous cephalopods :ammonite:
    Eheim good filters though, had for my :snail: sorry that's incorrect :goldfish: there, fish !
     
  3. corw314

    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Welcome!

    I run my tanks with Eheims, protein skimmer and a bubble filter with carbon. Only thing is how bout upgrading that tank size? They grow pretty quick and unless they can guarantee a dwarf, which most shops can't, your octo is going to outgrow that size tank really quick!

    Good luck!!!

    Carol
     
  4. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi and welcome to TONMO.com!

    I'm afraid you are being a wee bit unrealistic. Even if you kept it only for a couple of months, you'd need at least a 20 or 30 gallon tank. What if you grew attached to your octopus and didn't want to give it up after two months? (you'd be surprised how much people like their octos) - you'd have no larger tank cycled and ready.

    Nancy
     
  5. cthulhu77

    cthulhu77 Titanites Supporter

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    Welcome to Tonmo! Yep, be sure you want to launch into this prior to starting...a 55 gallon would be a good size for a bimac!
    greg
     

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