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There are currently virtually NO captive BRED available to the public. Occasionally we see a wild caught female lay eggs (frequent) and produce viable hatchlings (rare) that are available. Most octopuses cannot be kept together so breeding attempts are pretty much a lab environment experiment. The one exception to date for the hobbyist has been O. mercatoris, a nocturnal dwarf from the Caribbean. We have had limited success with keeping sibblings from a WC female in a single tank and produce viable offspring. The few journals we have stopped at one round of in-breeding (likely something that happens often in the wild with this species). Only about 5 hatchlings survived from each of the broods (varying from 6 to ~75 hatchlings) and the keepers did not offer them for sale.

On occasion someone will have a WC female bimac lay fertile eggs in an aquarium (to my recollection in 6+ years, we have one group that was a high school project and one that was a college project) where the hatchlings were offered for re-homing. In the latest case, the animals could not be shipped and were only distributed locally.

RE: A) I think you are confusing sizing of O.vulgaris with O.briareus. A 125 would be too small for most O. vulgaris (LittleBit was an exception and extremely small, el Diablo was more typical of the Caribbean sizing - smaller than European versions). This is a common misconception because of the "common" names for each. O. vulgaris is known as the "common octopus" world wide. O. briareus is known as the "common Caribbean octopus" and often the Caribbean is not used.

At the top of our Journals forum is a set of green "stickys" titled List of Our Octopuses 20xx that includes keeper, species(when known) and origination(when known). The animal name is a link back to the journal. It is worth the time to look through some of the journals on the species that interest you.
 

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Thank you for the post. As mentioned, I've considerable research yet to do before actually taking the dive, but I've also the time to invest. The "common" in the name may be where the confusion lies, however, I thought I recalled reading in some of the threads on this site that the briareus, too, was a larger species (though it may have been in reference to a prospective buyer's intended setup). Thanks too, for the journals forums link; I'll probably be spending a fair amount of time there. With regards to captive breeding efforts, who's on the cutting edge? What do they need to further their successes? I'll probably find answers to my own questions when reading those journals, but are there funds where donations could be made to help further things along? I've some herpetology in my past, so cb is always my choice (when available) to both lessen the impact on the wild, & minimize the chances of introducing parasites pathogens to others in the collection (this last point obviously rendered moot with octos). Everything is possible with right minds investing the time. I don't profess to possess one of those right minds (even though I am left-handed), but I'd love to make any kind of helpful contribution I can...I just don't want to do ANY harm, to the octopus or the environment from which it comes...
 

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O. briareus IS the largest of the typically kept group but not too large for a 65 with sump. Somewhere I have a go-by list of sizes posted ... Well I'll be darned, it looks like our grand master posted it as an article :biggrin2:. The article my "article" mentions is WELL worth reading.
 

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i recently got a 60g FOLR tank is that big enough to support an octo i really want one?
 

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jscarim,
The forum is very open compared to many but one thing we ask is to please not double post questions. Staff are all volunteer and sometimes we get stretched a little thin but we usually address questions within a few hours (often much sooner). Feel free to bump a post if either staff or another member has not responded but please keep each question to its own thread so you have a variety of answers all in the same place and questions and comments don't get confusing.
 

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Hi,

Welcome to the Octopus Q&A Forum, a place where you can ask questions and join discussions about octopus care fundamentals.

If you are having a problem with an octopus or its tank, it is helpful to post as much information as you can. It would be very useful to provide us with your tank size and its parameters. Especially... pH, Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, temperature, salinity, tank mates and the age of the tank. Anything else would also be great!

Please enter your tank and your octo in our Tank Owners' Database (Click on the Features button above) - it's easy to do and it helps us answer your questions.

Click on the Articles button above and choose Ceph Care to access our many articles including
- Keeping Cephalopods in Captivity
- Before You Buy a Cuttlefish
- Checklist: Things to Think about before Buying an Octopus.

For people just beginning we recommond that you read the Equipment List and the Checklist.

Please post photos and reports of your octopus on the Journals and Photos Forum.

Don't forget to take advantage of the Seach capability for finding previous questions and answers on topics that interest you.

Nice to have you with us,

Nancy and Colin
Hi I'm a complete beginner in all things octopus and I wanted to figure up what I need for the tank including what to use to keep it in the tank, and I can't find answer anywhere on the internet (first time for everything) so I would greatly appreciate some help figuring this out
 

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Hi I'm a complete beginner in all things octopus and I wanted to figure up what I need for the tank including what to use to keep it in the tank, and I can't find answer anywhere on the internet (first time for everything) so I would greatly appreciate some help figuring this out
Welcome to TONMO, @Ryan carlile! You've come to the right place... keep reading :smile2:. Check out our Ceph Care Articles, and remember that our Forum Search is your friend!
 



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