• TONMOCON VII Announced | MBL at Woods Hole | Apr 6-8, 2018
  • Thanks for visiting! TONMO is the world's greatest online cephalopod enthusiast community, with interactive content going back to May of 2000, and a biennial conference. If you'd like to join in on the fun, become a TONMO member -- it's easy and free. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more cephy goodness.


tankmates

singapore

Pygmy Octopus
Registered
Joined
Apr 12, 2008
Messages
11
#1
im sure there is an old thread about this, but im going to ask anyways.

i already have a saltwater tank, just a 10gal, with wayyyyy too many fish. in the tank i have a blue damsel, an oc. clown, a 6line wrasse. these three are all a bit less than 1 1/2 inches. i also have a small snoflake moray eel that is about 8 inches long, and a worm goby that is about 2 1/4 inches. im cycling a bigger tank rite now, and i had inteded it for an octo, but then i decided on a huge reef tank...but its too pricy for a 17 year old. my question is, are any of my current fish able to be tankmates with an octo? i know the eel probably isnt, i heard eels like to eat octos in the wild. but what about the damsel and clown and wrasse and goby? they will all grow to about 4 inches, except the goby, which gets up t a foot.

anyone have any luck with a small octo and unaggressive fish like mine?
 

Nancy

Titanites
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Nov 20, 2002
Messages
5,648
Location
Dallas Texas
#2
You're right about the eel, but also, those are not unagressive fish. Better plan to clear your tank of fish before getting an octopus.

I'm not clear whether you're keeping the 10 gallon or getting a larger tank - 10 gallons is way too small, but then you don't need a huge tank like you were planning at first.

Nancy
 

Animal Mother

Architeuthis
Supporter
Joined
Sep 8, 2006
Messages
2,364
#3
It's pretty standard advice to avoid mixing fish with octos.

Clowns and Damsels are generally very bold and territorial despite their size. I know a few reefers who have scars on their fingers/hands/arms to prove it. The wrasse could go either way. Here's what happens when you mix snowflake eels with octos. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5naQT0xJq0
 

Members online

No members online now.