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[Locked]: Controversial thread on low-end ceph keeping

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Did the marine institute (which one? we have members from just about all of them) did you hail from? If they have records of a bimac that lived to be 3.5 years old, it would change a lot of history...
nah, it wasent theres that lived to be almost 3 1/2, it was mine, if you want to know more about it. It was a female, that I raised from eggs laid by a wild captured bimac, It was empregnated before it was caught so we dont know who the father was. To be fair though, I am not 100 percent sure it was a bimac, it looked eggsactly like a bimac, but it was missing the 2 spots next to its head, or they were under developed. I fed it frozen shrimp and crabs, and always made sure it was well stimulated during feeding and at night.
O.K. Now I will pull off the gloves.

I find your "information" extremely dubious, and don't believe it. So, in a sense, I guess I am saying that you are in fact, lying, though my hands are not over my ears or my eyes.

Or my mind.

@cthulhu77: You can believe what you want, but I have no way to prove to you that I did actualy own an octopus that lived to be 3.5 years old. I had taken pictures of it, but it just looks like any other bimac, and I have no Idea where those ended up anyways. If you dont want to believe me, i dont blame you, after all, they say you should believe half of what you read, 1/3 of what you see on TV, and none of what other people tell, you, Even more so over the internet.


sure, Ill post some tomorow night If I have time.
Alex, we deal in facts, not "he said, she said".

If you can not prove any of your commentary, why did you make it? I for one am extremely puzzled by this whole thread. You state that you have maintained octopus bimaculatus in less than perfect conditions, yet they somehow lived longer than any on record, anywhere.

Come on.

The conflicting accounts are the best. He kept a bimac for 3 1/2 years. Then it wasn't a bimac that he kept for 3 1/2 years. In the post above its a bimac again.

I still can't wait to find out what aquarium he worked for! With all the folks on here I'm surprised a coworker hasn't chimed in. :lol:

I dont see any point in arguing with you anymore, its going no where. Im telling you I kept what I am almost completely sure was a bimac that lived almost three and one half years before dying. You can believe it if you want. how many people are members in this forum anyways, If there are as many as you claim, and members from every institute which i find unbelieveable at best. im sure that one of them will confirm this. I bragged to everyone there about it. Has anybody ever worked at the Ocean institute of Dana Point California ?http://www.ocean-institute.org/index2.html
If so please, be heard, you will likely have heard about the 3 and 1/2 year old bimac, just say so. Ill post those references to prove my sources to jean tomorow. and then I want no more of this argument. It is a big waste of time. I struck a huge nerve with my thread and I dont like arguing against an entire forum, it is tiring and stressfull. Good night.
Hi folks, I've been monitoring this kinda loosely. As Webmaster of this site it's sometimes helpful that I actually have zero ceph-keeping experience, because I can be somewhat objective. For the 6 1/2 years that I've run this site I've relied on our resident experts to provide guidance and educate the masses on what it takes to keep a ceph... I am among the masses and I can say that I've learned quite a bit just by "listening" to what people have contributed on these forums and from the articles we have under Ceph Care.

While many community members have come and gone, there is a strong core here from all points of the world, with extensive ceph-keeping experience. From that community of experts, several common themes have prevailed. Those themes have pretty much become TONMO.com guidelines on keeping cephs. One such guideline is that a ceph really shouldn't be kept in anything less than a 55-gallon tank. And it is commonly accepted and understood that a captive bimac won't live for much more than 1 year, if things go well.

I cannot understand how it could benefit an octopus to have a smaller tank than a larger one. Their natural habitat has no boundries, so I'm unclear how restriction can be a good thing. I can only imagine advocating for as large a tank as humanly possible, but with a minimum of 55 gallons, again, purely based on what I've learned from countless folks on these forums. Can an octopus "fit" into a smaller tank? Yes, but the conventional wisdom is that it's restrictive, and therefore TONMO.com simply does not condone anything less than 55 gallons.

There are two big problems with this thread and as such I'm locking it... those problems include:

1) unsupported advocacy for ceph keeping guidelines which are outside the boundries of what TONMO.com condones

2) While I strongly believe everyone here started with the best of intentions, this thread is beginning to lose (or has lost) its civility.

Alexfevery, if you have any solid, verifiable references or proof you'd like to cite here, please PM it to me or email me at [email protected] and I'll post it to the end of this thread, and perhaps we can ultimately start a new one if compelling information emerges on this. I appreciate you sharing your input and experiences here, but I do feel a responsibility to ensure that years of study and shared experiences do not get compromised by one person with somewhat radically different ideas on responsible ceph-keeping. That's not meant as a knock, it's just an observation that your approach is quite different than what TONMO.com has been advocating.

I'll suggest that anyone reading this thread looking for guidelines for ceph-keeping should visit our Articles on Ceph Care (see top navigation), and take anything stated here with a huge grain of sea-salt.

I am not against broadening our thinking or infusing new learning into our conventional wisdom. Very much the opposite. However, when a new idea tests the limits of what TONMO.com has established as being humane, I believe it will take a lot of convincing and evidence to shift the mindset.

Personally, even if it is to be verified that this bimac was kept for 3 1/2 years in a small tank, I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be advocated anyway. What is suggested here is quite unnatural, as the natural habitat for an octopus has no boundries. I can't imagine coming to a conclusion that 55 gallons is too large for a minimum.

I have rated this thread with one star. Note that although this thread is locked, you can still rate it.

Any thoughts or input, please PM me, thanks!
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