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Discussion in 'Octopus Care' started by mosthated, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. mosthated

    mosthated GPO Supporter

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    Would a 430gl 8x3x3 tank be large enough for a vulgaris's full life span? My DIY tank is nearing a end, and the original plan was to house a arowana in there, but i dont know.. i am having second thoughts on this freshwater planted tank stuff i have a 75planted and it gets a little boring to me.. very pretty, (when i cut it) lol ... anyways thanks for any help.
    And i am open to suggestions as well! what would you do with 430gl tank?
    here is the link to the build incase anyone wants to see what i got so far.
    http://www.monsterfishkeepers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=92570
     
  2. Inception7

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    I am by no means an expert, but I've been told that a 200 gallon is about minimum for this octopus... so 400 would be fine. I know what you mean about the planted, I had a 60 gallon full of plants and they grew so fast it was coming out of the tank all over. I've kept sps/lps reef (which is nice but expensive), a big aggressive tank with triggers/puffers or a species tank. I would try and get a diurnal octo and see if that entertains you enough. This is what I am doing with my tank.
     
  3. Paradox

    Paradox Haliphron Atlanticus Supporter

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    If you can get them, Id get Officinalis..
     
  4. Animal Mother

    Animal Mother Architeuthis Supporter

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    With that much room I'd try breeding cuttles. Perhaps the larger species that are very hard to find.
     
  5. mosthated

    mosthated GPO Supporter

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    a large cuttle like officinalis would be cool, what would you feed it? wouldnt it need larger size fish for food?
     
  6. Animal Mother

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    crabs, shrimp, etc.
     
  7. monty

    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    At TONMOcon I, Dr. Gilly fed their adult Officinalis a crab about 3-4 inches across. It looked like it could have handled one considerably bigger.
     
  8. mosthated

    mosthated GPO Supporter

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    same ol same ol i guess lol.. maybe i had a brain fart.. i will be imaging what i want to do i still got a way to go..
    1)floor bracing
    2)lid
    3)fill it
    4)cycle it
    5)who knows what
     
  9. cuttlegirl

    cuttlegirl Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    I vote S. officinalis, they are really cool, have a great personality, and don't escape. The thought of a really big octopus climbing out of the tank in the middle of the night sort of scares me :shock:.
     
  10. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    I am glad you posted an update on the monster tank. Since you haven't posted in awhile, I did a quick look on your forum but failed to find the thread. From the start, I have worried about cleaning and leaks with this project and a large cuttle could be moved to a rubbermaid tub if you had to make emergency repairs, an octo would be a much more difficult consideration. I would also think that cleaning the tank would be very difficult with an octo in residence.
     
  11. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    I vote vulgaris :) 8x3x3 would be plenty
     
  12. mosthated

    mosthated GPO Supporter

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    thats what im thinking.. =)
     

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