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Hi everyone!

What a great place to find Octo info! I've been wanting to set up an Octopus tank for nearly 10 years now, since seeing my first one in a fish store and choosing NOT to make an impulse buy, until I knew what I was getting into. And now, FINALLY getting close to actually doing it! (No, I haven't been researching the lil' suckers for that long...only been seriously checking into it for the past year or so...and REALLY seriously for about 6 weeks.)

I've kept freshwater fish, but not salt. So I've been reading, reading, reading all about everything I need to get it off to the right start. I've decided that a 55gal is still the best size tank to set up for my first one (tank, that is), and have been checking out selection and pricing on that and all the other goodies I'll need, before even thinking about adding the critter. I'm having a blast learning, and can't wait until I'm able to take the actual "plunge," and get started, within the next couple of months!

Question: How do you tell a male Octopus from a female? Just curious, as I'm not sure it matters. I just want to know how you can tell. Are there any differences in behavior/temperament between the two?

Second question: What are some of the names you've all chosen for your eight-legged "children?"

Thanks for having such a wonderful site! I look forward to checking back often.

Andrea

("Mom" to two Basenji's, one Bengal cat, an African Grey Parrot and a Blue and Gold Macaw. Oh yeah...there's another two-legger around here too. He's about 6'4", and says that it'll be time to end our relationship, when the "Camel falls into the swimming pool." lol Thankfully I have neither Camel, nor swimming pool...yet. *grin*)
 

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Welcome to Tonmo! I am sure you will feel right at home with all of us like-minded animal nuts!

greg
 
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Welcome!

Always good to have new members!

Trust me, you will find more information on this Godsend of a site than you care to know.

The kid squid expert,
Squidman
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tonmo

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Yes, yes, welcome!! :smile: Do make yourself comfortable. Remove your shoes (and socks)...

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GPO87

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From all of us that are crazy about the "suckers" that live in the deep :welcome:

Hope you enjoy reading our post, we sure look forward to reading yours! :biggrin2:

GPO87
 
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Thanks for the warm wlcome!

Thanks everyone! I've sure enjoyed the site and reading everything on it so far, and I'm looking forward to finally getting set up and running soon!

Too cool! And you've been sooo nice!

Andrea

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Nancy

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Hi Andrea and welcome to TONMO.com!

In answer to your questions, there is not an easy way to determine the sex of the very popular "bimac", a tank raised octopus which many of us keep as pets. You'd probably get a bimac too, since they are raised near San Diego.

As for names, go to Ceph Care, the Journals and Photos forum and you'll see the names. I have a list of some of them in the first post under Bimac Siblings at the top of the forum. Some recent names are G2 (not a bimac), Octorok, Bonnie and Clyde, Lil Ze and so forth.

Glad to have you aboard,

Nancy
 

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