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my 105gal tank

godfather

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Hello,

Finally got my tank delivered, so here are the pics of it !!!
I chose such a big tank because it came at a nice price ( second hand ) and also because octo's seem to like to crawl around on the bottom and I wanted the lil monster to have more than enough room to be happy :wink:

Now I'm wondering how to decorate the aquarium! :bugout:
The LFS is going to come around to help me start it up and show me how everything works ( filters, heater, skimmer, etc...) and will bring the live rock and fine sand.
How much space do I need to foresee as open space? I've seen open space in a lot of pics already, but I don't know how to do it in my tank...
Should half of it be open space, with some toys and rocks in it but basically lower so the octo can freely crawl and jet around, and the other part be dense rock creating a lot of caves ?
Or should I have 3/4th of the aquarium making up caves by being filled by rocks and the open space kept tiny??

The wood will soon be covered by some plastic/acryllic black thingie, to make it look nicer ( and blend in with my living room more lol ).

Would love to hear from you!

Cheers

Roger
 
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:welcome: to TONMO, Godfather!

We suggest having roughly 2 lbs of rock for each gallon. The octo should have a open play area somewhere in the tank, should not be too small.

Do you know if the person who first owned the tank use any chemicals containing copper?
 

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NickA5582 said:
:welcome: to TONMO, Godfather!

We suggest having roughly 2 lbs of rock for each gallon. The octo should have a open play area somewhere in the tank, should not be too small.

Do you know if the person who first owned the tank use any chemicals containing copper?

Thanks Nick :wink:
I've actually been on tonmo a few months now, but not very active as I was abroad and didn't have my tank yet... but now that I'm setting it up I'll have lots more questions :smile:

Oh ok...so about 1kg of rock for each gallon??? This may be a very stupid question... but 400 gallons of water, plus 800lbs of rock.... my god, that's heavy! You sure the aquarium can hold that?? :bugout:

The previous owner never used any chemicals containing copper in it... apparently the first owner was an elder person, who let the LSF do everything, and I believe the tank was used as a reef tank.
 

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It sounds like a lot, but even a small rock weighs 2-3 pounds...that much really isn't overkill at all, but, yes, it is heavy!
Can hardly wait to see the habitat develop !
Kudos!
Greg
 
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What a great tank. What species are you thinking of, many options with that size. I am so jealous!!!! :mrgreen:

If this was ever used as a reef tank I am sure it had alot more rock in there that 2#/gal.

If it is really old, you may want to refresh some silicon before set-up, but it looks in great shape from your pics!

IMO -Just make sure to add the rock after the h2o and compensate for displacement. (Have a few buckets ready)

I agree this is going to be a great habitat to watch!!!! :wink:
 

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neptune said:
What a great tank. What species are you thinking of, many options with that size. I am so jealous!!!! :mrgreen:

If this was ever used as a reef tank I am sure it had alot more rock in there that 2#/gal.

If it is really old, you may want to refresh some silicon before set-up, but it looks in great shape from your pics!

IMO -Just make sure to add the rock after the h2o and compensate for displacement. (Have a few buckets ready)

I agree this is going to be a great habitat to watch!!!! :wink:

hello Neptune!!

Well, I'm thinking of getting a bimac... but as you can read in my previous posts the bimacs is very hard to get over here :frown:
Fishsupply.com isn't interested to sell outside the US, and Jim from octopets.com told me with most airlines it might take up to 6 months for him to get a license, before he can start exporting them!

My LFS can get a "brown octopus", from around Indonesia. I'm hoping it would be a cynea or a vulgaris, because they are diural as well and seem really beautifull too!! :biggrin2:
But don't you think the tank wouldn't even be big enough for a vulgaris?

Another option would be to have a tank-raised bimac from either octopets or fishsupply flown over from the US through a pet transporter, but haven't found a company able/willing to do so yet.
And this will cost me an arm and a leg I'm afraid :?

The last option would be buying bimac eggs... but what would I do with 10 eggs from octopets!! I don't want 9 to have to die so I can just enjoy one either :frown: and as this is my first aquarium ever just keeping an octo will be hard enough, let alone trying to have the eggs hatch and caring for the babies!!

Thanks for the tips! I'm glad the LFS will help me set it up completely, including the live rocks (I am so bad at decorating stuff!!! ).
Positive news is that my tap water can be used, as it's been tested and with adding the salt I should be able to have my tank cycled within 3-5 weeks at most ( that's what the LFS told me.... luckily the owner once kept an octo when he was younger, and as he heard me talking about getting one he is going to keep some at the store again :wink: )

The tank was a real sale, I got it and the protein skimmer, heater, etc for some 850$! :wink:

The tank will be started around 11 April with the help from the guys from the LFS so expect more pics then :smile:
 

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cthulhu77 said:
It sounds like a lot, but even a small rock weighs 2-3 pounds...that much really isn't overkill at all, but, yes, it is heavy!
Can hardly wait to see the habitat develop !
Kudos!
Greg

Thanks Greg!! I'm really glad I finally got the tank delivered, as I had bought it some 3 months ago, and since then have been reading a lot on these boards, and jealously looking at all the pics :smile:
 
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GF,

Glad to hear you have some help with the LFS, but if I can inject some outside advice (along with using some of Colin's own words from here
http://www.tonmo.com/cephcare/equipment.php )

The water that comes out of our taps is for our consumption, not for cephalopods. It is safe for us to drink but potentially poisonous for an octopus!

Chemicals are added to our drinking water by the water authorities. This may include chlorine, chloramines, fluorine etc. Also, run off from farmland can produce high levels of nitrate and phosphate in our water supplies; something we really want to avoid putting into our aquariums

I could not agree more!!

Regardless of how well your water testeted, your lfs has a sell to make!

One more word of caution Live Rock can take quite a while to cure in a new tank with NO chems. Make sure the rock has cycled before any creatures are added. :wink:

A cyanea would be a great addition to this site! What a beautiful octo!!!
I keep thinking about owning one myself! :roll:


I will definately be waiting for pics, and hope I didn't offend your lfs person if/when they read this :P
 
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105 gallons should be ok for a vulgaris or cyanea, but keep in mind they do get very large.

Sounds like you got quite a deal on the tank, good luck with it! :biggrin2:

neptune said:
A cyanea would be a great addition to this site! What a beautiful octo!!!

Lucky people in Hawaii, they get Cyanea and E. Scolopes.
 

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