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75 gallon good size?

Mike D

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First off i am new to the site..

i dont have the tank set up right now.. im in the process of moving my room..

But i have been looking for something different to put in my 75 gallon tank when i set it up.. and i would love to put and octopus in it.. but i have a few questions

Can they be fed feeder fish when they get bigger? i have read conflictiing things on this
also what is a good size tank to set up as a feeder tank for clams hermit crabs and such?
how would i set the tank up? i have heard they love to move things around. pics of your setups would be helpfull.
 

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Try looking through the Ceph Care section.... Just about every question has probably been asked.... Also check out the Equipment list and a lot of the tanks in the Octo Database have pictures...

Hope that Helps
 
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Feeder fish shouldn't be fed to a ceph since those fish could have been in stanks treated with copper, and since guppies, rosies, feeder goldfish, etc. etc. aren't as sensitive to copper they can stand it then when your ceph eats the fish it also gets the copper.


I'll be using my 20 gallon in my room for a feeder tank.


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I've used a glass bowl available from pet shops for keeping fiddler crabs. It has a diameter of about 16 inches. I have a rock for them to climb out on, some shells to hide under. I fill it with about one inch of water, half salt water, half distilled water. That's worked fine and I've kept some crabs a long time in this bowl. Have to change the water often, but that's easy to do.

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Hi Mike, is it an old tank? Have you used any copper treatments in your tank before now as this may make it unsuitable for cephs??

Colin
 

Mike D

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i have never used any copper in the tank. as a matter of fact it isnt even set up for salt water yet because i am in the process of moving my room...

also is there a way that i can test teh water for copper before i put in the octopus? i called all around today to try and find any place that sells RO/DI water... is this going to be a problem? or can i cycle my tank longer and get the same effect that the RO/DI water has.. or can i make my own?

For feeding i live in massachusetts and my parents go up to maine every other weekend during the summer.. could i have them bring me back small crabs, muscles. and snail that they find at the beach?
 

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Hi Mike,
I can't believe that you can't find RO/DI water in Massachusetts. Most fish stores sell it, I think someone found that Culligan's (the water supplier) sells it, heath and gourmet stores sell it - ask first for purified water, then ask how it's been purified.

You can also buy your own RO/DI unit and make your own purified water. But you need this water - adding chemicals or such to the water won't have the same effect.

Yes, you could put your parent to work hunting for small crabs, mussels, and such along the shore. They should plann to bring them back in a cooler on ice, and you could freeze the crabs you won't use immediately.
I don't know about keeping New England sea life alive, but your water is quite cold there and I don't think y ou could reproduce it.

You can buy copper tests or your local fish store should be able to test for you. Has this tank had another owner besides you? Copper is deadly to an octo, so it's very important to assure that there's no copper in the tank. If there is copper, there's not much you can do to remove it.

Nancy
 

Mike D

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im the only owneer of the tank.. i used to keep lizards in it then i kept some freshwater fish..

and now it is sitting empty in my room


I couldnt find the water any where i am very limited to pet stores around me...

will tap water work if there is no copper in it?
 

Nancy

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Wy don't you try to look for RO water = that's the reverse osmosis process.

What do your LFSs use for their fresh water?

What does Walmart sell in 5 gallon jugs for purified water?

I use distilled water for my top off, for instance.

Very few people can use city water - it tends to vary in quality during the year, too. It would be better to buy an RO/DI unit and filter your own water.

Nancy
 

Mike D

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i dont have city water i have well water....


What does Walmart sell in 5 gallon jugs for purified water?
Does that mean that tehy water in the 5 gallon gugs will work for an octo tank? kind lost me there
 

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