water conditions

doggiedude

Pygmy Octopus
Registered
Joined
Aug 27, 2003
Messages
10
#1
I have been reading this website for months & have had a tank preparing for
my future Octo. There seems to be very little consensus in regards to proper
water conditions. If someone could please list the proper ranges for all the water parameters it would be greatly appreciated. One of the things that concerns me is temperature. I have seen much discusion about keeping water temps lower than normal tanks (closer to 70f) but when I look through the member tanks many of them are in the high 70's.

As a side note, my local pet store jumped the gun on me and my Octo was special ordered already & will be arriving today!

Please help me not kill this thing :?
 

corw314

Colossal Squid
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Nov 20, 2002
Messages
3,748
#2
Hi!

How long has your tank been cycling? I think that is the biggest factor on how your new octo will do. If it's not long, can the shop hold him for you?
I am sure the experts will have lots of advice!

Good luck!

Carol
 

doggiedude

Pygmy Octopus
Registered
Joined
Aug 27, 2003
Messages
10
#3
the tank itself is a 20 gallon that was set up 3 months ago using substrate & water from my other tank to get it started.

As of this morning the parameters are:
sg: 1.025
Temp: 75
pH: 7.9 (I have been having trouble getting this right in both my tanks)
Ammonia: 0.4 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 20 ppm
 

corw314

Colossal Squid
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Nov 20, 2002
Messages
3,748
#4
I think ammonia in any increment is not good for an octo. You may want to do a water change to get it down to zero. I also start new tanks from my existing ones. The nitrates do not seem to bother them. What kind is the octo? If it's not a dwarf, you may want to rethink your tank size. :)

Good luck!!

Carol
 

cthulhu77

TONMO Supporter
Supporter
Joined
Mar 15, 2003
Messages
6,642
#5
Your tank is ok, but in regards to your temp., what kind of an octo is it? If it is a bimac, you should be fine at 75, although a number of tonmoers keep theirs in the lower 70's. Find out what the water s.gravity is from the shipper...many of them keep it at 1.023 to increase oxygenation.
Then again, if it is a bimac, you are going to need a bigger tank in three months! Some of the dwarfs (perfect for a 20) like warmer temps...see what you can find out, and I am sure we can help you out...should be just fine!
Greg
 

doggiedude

Pygmy Octopus
Registered
Joined
Aug 27, 2003
Messages
10
#7
Well I have now received my little Octavous, the shipper labeled him as a Bali Octopus. As an estimate of his size from the end of a tenticle to the start of his head is about 8 inches.
 

cthulhu77

TONMO Supporter
Supporter
Joined
Mar 15, 2003
Messages
6,642
#8
Wheeew! I think that your tank may be a bit small...see how he reacts, I guess!
Re: PH. have you tried a product called B-ionic ? A two part K'wasser mix that works like a charm!
Greg
 

Members online

Forum statistics

Threads
19,353
Messages
201,859
Members
8,275
Latest member
Mcorbell

Monty Awards

TONMOCON IV (2011): Terri
TONMOCON V (2013): Jean
TONMOCON VI (2015): Taollan
TONMOCON VII (2018): ekocak

About the Monty Awards
Top