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Post by Hero on October 18th 2009, 4:24 am

From what i have heard octopus are mostly coldwater. I was wondering if they would do fine in a reef with anemones and gorgonians. My guess is they would. But what about the fish? I know next to nothing on octopus. I do know they are invertebrate eaters though and feeding them crabs wouldnt be a problem.

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Re: Octopus for my Aquarium

Post by Hero on September 6th 2010, 2:10 am

bump.

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Re: Octopus for my Aquarium

Post by Michael Milligan on September 6th 2010, 4:56 am

Octopus will eat anything else in the tank. Period. If you want one then you really will need to get an octopus tank. One with a tight lid!

Getting the octo should be easy. Find your local pier, octopus often come up in crab traps.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-67mBYW-Ewk

Watch this!
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Post by ~ocean on September 6th 2010, 1:36 pm

octopi live well with some aggresive fish. Mostly It will consume live fish

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Re: Octopus for my Aquarium

Post by Hero on September 6th 2010, 2:28 pm

Would it be able to live with an Ornate Boxfish?

Thanks for the video Michael.

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Re: Octopus for my Aquarium

Post by Michael Milligan on September 6th 2010, 6:26 pm

Seriously, don't put it with anything you will miss. I am thinking out an octopus tank of my own too. I hope to set it up in a side tank on the same water system. Perhaps that would work for you? I would populate the tank with little things that are easy to replace. I'm sure algaes and nems, really little stuff should be ok.
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Post by Hero on September 6th 2010, 6:52 pm

Yeah, having a separate side tank might work. Or maybe, since my fuge will basically be another tank, it could go in there.

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Re: Octopus for my Aquarium

Post by Michael Milligan on September 10th 2010, 3:56 am

I really want an octopus now too,

Look at this persons octo vids!

http://www.youtube.com/user/elai001#p/u/8/MfabzsuLBVs

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Post by Hero on September 10th 2010, 8:44 pm

Sick video!

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Re: Octopus for my Aquarium

Post by ~ocean on September 14th 2010, 8:47 pm

that's real nice. I wish I had one Smile

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Re: Octopus for my Aquarium

Post by Michael Milligan on September 15th 2010, 4:55 am

~ocean wrote:that's real nice. I wish I had one Smile

ME too. I'm pretty sure that I will branch off my system to include an octopus tank!
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Re: Octopus for my Aquarium

Post by AquaticEngineer on September 16th 2010, 8:44 pm

I've been thinking about doing the same thing with my 50 gallon cube tank but I keep going back and forth that it may be to small Sad Its 27x27x13ish, what do u guys think? To small for a single octupus? My brother said he was pulling small ones up at the docks in Newport, OR.
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Re: Octopus for my Aquarium

Post by Michael Milligan on September 16th 2010, 8:50 pm

I think that is a great octopus tank!

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Re: Octopus for my Aquarium

Post by Hero on September 17th 2010, 7:36 pm

AquaticEngineer wrote:Its 27x27x13ish, what do u guys think? To small for a single octupus?
For a small octopus those dimensions would seem fine.

I am really into this now. I'm working really hard on incorporating it into the tank.

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Re: Octopus for my Aquarium

Post by AquaticEngineer on September 17th 2010, 7:40 pm

There is a guy on nanoreef that keeps a temperate octopus tank, he has posted in several of my threads over there. You should look him up.
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Post by Hero on September 17th 2010, 7:57 pm

I believe you're talking about "C-Rad." He's actually a member over here but posts very infrequently. I really like his tank though.

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Re: Octopus for my Aquarium

Post by ~ocean on September 18th 2010, 12:54 pm

Any news on the octopus?

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Re: Octopus for my Aquarium

Post by Hero on September 18th 2010, 5:23 pm

Not as of now. I am working on a design in the tank where possibly I could seal off a section with a piece of glass and just have holes in it for circulation between both sides. Of course, it might be easier to do something like a nautilus.

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Re: Octopus for my Aquarium

Post by Michael Milligan on September 18th 2010, 6:48 pm

I think that a I might do a 20 gal next to the main tank. I can have an overflow feed the "OCTOgon" (as I am calling it). Then the OCTOgon with have a return pump to either the main thank or the trickle filter. The least amount of parts. Now all I need is a octopus! lol I want to make remake my
PVC overflow anyway. I made it with 3/4 in tubing because it would interface well with the 1" vinyl line I had. I much more flow so I can open up my pump and REALLY start moving water!

The 3/4" in sounds great for running into the 20gal (or what ever). Smile

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Re: Octopus for my Aquarium

Post by Hero on September 18th 2010, 8:48 pm

Sounds plausible. My problem is I want more then just an Octopus in my tank. A short list would be something along the lines of...

2 Catalina Gobies
1-2 Navanax
1 Gunnel
3 Sculpins
1 Ornate Boxfish

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Re: Octopus for my Aquarium

Post by Michael Milligan on September 19th 2010, 1:41 am

Pufferfreak wrote:

2 Catalina Gobies
1-2 Navanax
1 Gunnel
3 Sculpins
1 Ornate Boxfish

Any octopus would LOVE a tank like that!
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Post by Hero on September 19th 2010, 10:10 pm

Just because it would eat everything dry. Which is my dilemma.

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Re: Octopus for my Aquarium

Post by Michael Milligan on September 20th 2010, 6:22 am

The Navanax might be ok.

But if you want an octopus you need an octo tank. Perhaps sea stars?
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Re: Octopus for my Aquarium

Post by Hero on September 21st 2010, 8:12 pm

Maybe. Unfortunately I think I'll just have to seal part of the tank off, with only small holes to allow for circulation.

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Re: Octopus for my Aquarium

Post by Bluntokian on September 21st 2010, 10:33 pm

Quite a challenge there PF. I think I have an idea on how/if you can do it without seals but I will def have to put more thought into it.
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