Where can I get as much info on Bimacs as possible?

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Hey guys, I'm new to this (I've been secretly stocking these threads as a nonmember for months until I finally decided to join.) I'm just wondering what the top suggested books (or other sources) with all the info I need on keeping a Bimac are. I basically have everything I need and feel fairly confident in my understanding and my set up, but I have lots of little unanswered questions. Any info helps! Thanks in advance!

-Blake
 

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Thanks for joining! You've come to the right place. We have some quality articles here, and many classic threads on bimacs. They are not as prevalent as they once were.

@Nancy and @corw314 both have some great experiences to share w/ bimacs. @DWhatley, you've had so many octo species... which journals would you recommend?
 

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Thanks for joining! You've come to the right place. We have some quality articles here, and many classic threads on bimacs. They are not as prevalent as they once were.

@Nancy and @corw314 both have some great experiences to share w/ bimacs. @DWhatley, you've had so many octo species... which journals would you recommend?
Hey, thank you! I have noticed many people say that they are difficult to get ahold of nowadays. I do have a California fishing license and I've actually seen a few of them around in tidepools and such. I've been wanting to make a kind of "California themed tank" for a while now and a Bimac is at the top of my list. It's such an interesting animal. Anyway, most of my questions are small specific questions. I have a Herbie overflow draining system and I'm wondering if I just need to put mesh over the emergency drain pipe only since I wouldn't think it would matter if the octo was climbing into the overflow, right? Just another hiding spot for him to hang out in I would assume. Or, I've noticed most people use a wet/dry filtration system, but my sump has a refugium instead. Is that something I should change? Most of my questions are along those lines and I can't seem to find threads that answer questions that are that specific haha. Hoping to find some kind of source with lots of info on these guys so I don't have to bother everyone with every little question I have. Thanks again in advance for any responses!
 

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It's such an interesting animal.
Yes! :smile: I am certain our resident experts will chime in... would be awesome to see another bimac journal on the forums, that's for sure. They are a great species.
 

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My apologies for the delay but I just noticed your post.

I have a Herbie overflow draining system and I'm wondering if I just need to put mesh over the emergency drain pipe only since I wouldn't think it would matter if the octo was climbing into the overflow, right?
Depending upon the size of the animal, you will need to cover both outlets in some way. From tie images I found of a "Herbie overflow" one of the two overflows is equipped with a filter. A second filter on the emergency overflow would be needed to keep the animal out of the sump. If the animal is very young, it would be wise to keep it out of the weir entirely with sponges or screening until it is too large to exit through the slots in the filter.

I've noticed most people use a wet/dry filtration system, but my sump has a refugium instead. Is that something I should change?
Refugium sump is fine but the addition of a skimmer is highly recommended for both ink and protein removal.
 



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