dwarf in 10 gallon

DWhatley

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Clyde,
Ten gallons is awfully small even for a single dwarf. The nano protein skimmers that I have seen are worthless and would recommend using the money to upgrade the size of your tank. Most 20 gallon rectangular tanks have the same footprint so they will not take any more table top space but will more than double the water volume if you use the same quantity of live rock. I do feel that live rock is essential, especially in a small tank. I keep two Mercatoris in a 15 gallon hex with a Skelter overflow filter/skimmer combination. The Skelter is not the best skimmer and I supplement both the aeration and the filtration by using a drinking water quality filter with a bag of carbon placed in the "sump" area rather than the thin poly/carbon made for it AND I change out at least two gallons weekly. Also keep in mind that you will need to expose the return from your filter to a lot of air to allow the CO2 to leave the water and exchange with air to keep oxygen levels acceptable in the aquarium. Additionally, I have found it highly desirable, if not required, to leave 2.5" - 3" of unfilled space at the top of the tank. With only a 10 gallon, there really is not enough water volume to include live rock and lowered water levels.
 

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If you're upgrading to a larger tank, you may want to consider a much larger tank, since even in a 20gal, the only octo you could consider is a dwarf, which are usually very shy, nocturnal, and short-lived. Also, even with a 20gal, you'd need to watch the water quality like a hawk, because if anything goes wrong, it will need to be taken care of very quickly.
 
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hey

mercatoris have a mantle about the size of a grape and i think there arms are 5 times the size of there head. and upgrading to at least a 55 gallon will give you a lot more choices for octos and you can get a bimac or hummelincki and if you go to a 75 gallon you can get a briareus.
 
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fishkid6692;111645 said:
mercatoris have a mantle about the size of a grape and i think there arms are 5 times the size of there head. and upgrading to at least a 55 gallon will give you a lot more choices for octos and you can get a bimac or hummelincki and if you go to a 75 gallon you can get a briareus.

ok i probbly will upgrade
 

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