Ok sorry about not giving more info, I have a 30 gallon tank that I want to house a octopus in. I know most octos need a larger tank, but I have heard of people getting smaller sized octos and keeping them in 15 gallons. I want to know what type of octo this is and its size and where to get one.
I havent got one yet,, just thinking about it. I am very willing to upgrade to a larger tank with no problem at all. I am an experienced marine aquarium keeper, just doing my research like a good little fish owner.. 8)
Just to elaborate on what neptune said, dwarfs usually have short lifespans of about 6 months. To make things worth, most of the dwarf that you'll find are probably full grown or near full grown adults which means they have a very short time left to live.
Getting a bimac would be great though they will need a larger tank (50+ gallons). Bimacs are diurnal, playful curious and they are captive bred. You get them at about 2 1/2 months old from the farm and they have more than a year with you.
Neptune, Do you have a link or address to this place in California that I can get a bimac? I have decided to turn my 50 gallon fresh water into a octo tank. My hubby is going to be mad cause I promised that tank to his bull head cats. They can have the 30 gallon for now.
Anyways, in my research I have read that silver sand is the best substrate for octos, that coral sand can cut the octo. Do you know how to get this sand? What type of subsrtate do you use? And what do you feed and where do you get the food? What type of filter system are you using? I am still stuck on that. Would a fluval 404 be a good choice? That is what we use on our 50 gallon reef tank. Also what type of skimmer is best? I read that a cheap model will be sufficent, is that true?
Neptune and everyone, thanks for the information. So are you talking about a standard backpack filter for the octo tank? On my reef tank I run a Fluval 404, cost me close to $300 and runs like a charm. Would a Fluval be ok?
My main concern is how to keep the octo from getting inside the filter, backpack filters leave a pretty large space for escaping. A Fluval has one intake hose and one outlet hose. Think this will be ok if I cover the intake with a sponge or a pair of nylons?
In my research I have also read that octos like deep sand, so that leads to another question if ya dont mind,,,
When setting up my reef tank I went to the hardware store and bought a 75lb bag of sandbox sand, this I cleaned well and added to my tank first, then added live sand on top of that, giving me at least 5 inches of substrate before i put in my live rock. Question,,,would this be okay for the octo, or should I use all live sand?
Once I told my husband about the 50 gallon being donated to the octo he had no problem, he sees how much I want one (doing all this research) and is ok with it, I had to promise to make his catfish tank look spectacularlly natural so he happy.
Fluval will be fine. I did have a problem myself octo proofing the intake. Finally found that a weaving mat from a craft store (sorry not a better disc) worked best, as everything else i used restricted flow way to much. I tried fiberglass screen, for windows, nylons, they all blocked to much water. May not be the same for you but, for 89 cents and a cable tie I was done!
Sand, I don't have mine that deep, just over an inch 1/2. Have heard of other using playground sand, but I have not tried.
Keep the questions coming, and glad to hear your husband agreed!!!!