Most Dangerous Tank in America???

Danger Tank

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Hello all. I am trying to build the most dangerous tank I possibly can. I've kept large reefs and now have a 120 gallon tank with multiple larger species of fish. I am trading all the fish I have in except my big boys, a black volitan lion, a red volitan lion, and a scorpionfish. The reason I spent all day trying to find this site is I am interested in adding a blue ring octupus to my system. While I have six years experience in the hobby I know nothing about octopi other than the blue ring is very dangerous. I am interested in any info I can receive about the specific question above plus any books or articles that contain good information about cephs. Thanks ahead of time for any help I will receive. Matthew :twisted:
 

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First of all, Welcome to TONMO
You will have to be very carefull when keeping a blue-ring :!: , unlike lionfish whose toxins only cause severe pain (right?), a bite from a blue-ring could mean death. As blue-rigs are fairly small, it will be hard to find them in such a large tank. From what I watched from Built For The Kill on National Geographic, stonefish will try to eat a octopus. This could result in the death of either 1 or both :cry: . lionfish would probably try too (knowing their voracious appetites) which again would probably end in death.
 

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Hi Matthew :welcome:,

Well, if that's your quest, then a blue ring would be wise decision... The wisdom of the quest itself I will reserve comment on! :smile:

But others have: the answers to your questions lie in several notes already posted on this board. Click on the "Search" link at the very top of this page (in the upper right menu area) and search for "blue ring" and select the "search for all terms" radio button. You'll find several posts there to choose from, notably "My blue ring" but there are quite a few others.

Stay safe and be smart! Read all the caveats closely. Best of luck,
 

Danger Tank

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Alright I read the posts. I won't be adding or owning a blue ring. They still sound fascinating but besides the problem with the other creatures in the tank, I have no interest in dying a slow fully concious death. I always have my hands in the tank :cry: . The next question is what about adding one of the two bimacs? They sound too large to be consumed by my 10" lions. Are the bimacs in turn big enough to capture one of my fish? Thanks for the quick responses and links to more info.
 

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Excellent choice! :thumbsup: I'll leave it to our resident experts to advise on good cephalopod tankmates for your setup.
 

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Sorry I have to be so negative :frown: but the Bimac might end up losing alot of arms :tentacle: . Since octopuses can squeeze through really tight places with ease, a scorpion fish would gulp it up easily( Maybe the ink will help?). :frown:
 

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I'm not sure what to think about the sort of person who's goal is to build the most dangerous tank possible just so he can put his hands in all the time, but so be it. Natural selection marches on and Charlie Darwin sends a cheer from the great beyond. What does irk me is the apparant attitude of sensationalization attached to keeping dangerous animals. So many people buy up very dangerous animals they have no business owning, and too often something Bad happens- which ruins it for the people that are responsible, respectful and generally have more sophisticated motivations than bragging to friends. Mind you, this doesn't just happen with blue ringed octopuses: it's annoyingly prevalent all across the animal kingdom: Poisonous insects and arthropods, pit bull terriers and Wolf-mix canines, Venomous Snakes, large Monitor lizards and crocodilians and even Big Cats.

Octopuses of any kind should be kept alone, no matter what the size. If the octopus is larger than it's roommates, it will eat them. If the octopus is smaller than it's tankmates, it will be harassed by them. Even if it survives, you'll never see it because it will be hiding all the time. You will be missing out on an animal that, housed correctly, will get to know you almost like a loyal dog or cat, and treat you to an array of abilities and bevaiors without peer across the entire biosphere.

Build yourself a bimac only tank- you'll still be the coolest pet keeper around.

Rock on, Jimbo
 

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The Darwin Awards!

I have not heard of any new ones lately - might be worth looking them up on the internet. :periscop:
These were entertaining insights to the force of natural selection in the human race.

:grad: The only requirement was that the recipient had removed themselves from the gene-pool (by a suitable technique :oops: ) prior to reproducing!!
 

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You have to love the Darwin Awards...very funny! In the field of herpetoculture, we always referred to sensationalistic keepers as "cranks"...who just wanted an animal for the shock value...luckily, they do seem to die off from time to time, and the supply seems to be withering...I honestly wonder if Danger Tank isn't just poking some fun at the whole situation (like kapoc).
I like blue rings, but I don't know about cleaning the tank and handling...I am not quite that foolish. Of course, public opinion may vary on that one...oh well.
Greg
 
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