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New octo maybe......

fishman65

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:-/ i was wondering if there was any specie of octopus or cuttlefish could be kept in a 25 gallon aquarium?Any suggestion would be greatly apriciated(spelling*)thanks
 

Jean

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:welcome: fishman65

Sorry, I don't think there's anything. Dwarf octopus can be kept in a 30 G, but I think 25 might be pushing it. Cephs produce a great deal of waste (far more than an equivalent size fish) and the water chemistry becomes very unstable in small tanks.

Jean
 

Jean

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It was good that you asked though, many people just go ahead and then wonder why the octopus gets sick and dies.

Where do you live? Any chance of volunteering at a local aquarium, that's one way of getting an octopus fix :biggrin2:

J
 

fishman65

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no not around here but i also was diliberating on seahorses and now my desicion is easier. I alway try not to make impulsive choises
 

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This is one of those areas that really depends on the details and on your knowledge as an aquarist. True pygmies (maximum mantle length under 3-4 cm) can do well in the right kind of 20 gal system, but it has to be single species, be well run in and rock stable, and hopefully have a small protein skimmer in case of an inking event. You also want to have a good supply of sea water in case of an emergency. We keep about 20 tanks, all under 20 gal, with a variety of pygmies such as O. wolfi, O. micropyrus, O. mercatoris, O. bocki , juvenile bi-macs and blue-rings. With frequent water changes the animals do well. However, these are research tanks that are pretty plain and bare-bones. They don't look good, but they keep the animals alive.

Roy
 

fishman65

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ok thanks i would be willing to get a skimmer and do water changes often.i live in sac town do u know of a place to get a dwarf:wink:
 
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I have 2 O. mercatoris that i will sell for $35 each or both for $50. They will do fine in your 25 gallon. I have kept them in a 10 gallon tank. They stay small.
 

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