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I keep several reef tanks but have always been facinated with octos. I read the "Ceph Care" page and several months worth of posts on this forum. I hope this isn't covered in another thread. I am planing on keeping a Bimac (from octopets.com) here is my plan so far please let me know what you would suggest. I want to do this BEFORE i end up buying the wrong things.

50g tank (love to find a cube)

Aqua C Remora Protein skimmer

Fluval 404 canister filter

50lb of live rock (or about 3/4 the tank)

1' of live sand

?? powerhead for water movement (totaly lost here how much water movement)

150W jebo heater (my room stays around 70 all year around)

air pump with wooden diffuser

I have a source for RO/DI water

let the tank cycle for 3months

any suggerstions are greatly appreciated

Thanks,
Jason
 
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:welcome:

Glad to see you are doing your research :wink:

Couple of things real quick. 50 gal should be fine, but IMO spread it out across 55 and give more room for activity and jet swimming when they take it up, than in a cube.

Filtration is more important than current, however, there should be obvious movent in the tank. Properly placed current is nothing but a benefit to filtration!

At 70 degrees you are fine, no heater needed, unless it gets warmer and then a chiller would be best.

With your determination, you will be there quick. Welcome again!
 

Nancy

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Hi and welcome to TONMO.com :welcome:

Nepture is right about the shape of the tank - better a lower, longer shape that gives your octo more room to move about. Also, they like a sandy beach area to play and catch crabs on.

Most of us do have powerheads.

Seventy degrees is a good temperature for a bimac.

Nancy
 

Colin

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:welcome:

think you'll do fine :smile:

( i know you mean 1" of live sand rather than 1' :wink: )
 
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Thanks

Thanks for all the encoragement. I did change my specs to include a 55g i think for the small price diffrence it is well worth it. Well i am sure I will have many more questions in the future. Till not sure if the fluval is the way to go what do you guys run on your tanks ... I would love to get some tank specs.
 
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Update

Ok just a quick update .... 55 gallon tank and stand are here!!!! just filled them up getting 25lb of live rock from Gulf View should be in tomarrow ... plan on getting another 25-30 from LFS. Fluval 404 is on order and should be here Monday. Lets see also thinking about going with a Duel Bak Pak 2 Skimmer.... any ideas? Well thats my little update i am always open to suggestions!
 

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