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Agreed. I do some tank set up and animal traspo for people. Always be VERY specific when leaving a ceph with someone. And also do try and find someone you know you can trust to do things the right way, otherwise its heartbreak hotel for you.:wink:

Also, try and schedule a water change before an extended (i.e., a week) absence. Has worked for me in the past, but it is really up to you. Some discourage it, but I find it especially effective in keeping the ceph safe, happy, and healthy.

Light timers are also a must here.:smile:
 


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alright thanks, I use light timers atm with my reef anyway so it would not be a problem with a ceph.... okay so I plan to have a 30-40g tank, can someone suggest some interesting species to research?
 

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jamest0o0;114189 said:
alright thanks, I use light timers atm with my reef anyway so it would not be a problem with a ceph.... okay so I plan to have a 30-40g tank, can someone suggest some interesting species to research?

Unless you're locked into 30-40gal for some reason, you'd have a lot more flexibility in species if you step up to the 55-75gal range.
 

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I might be able to get a 55-75 in I'll have to measure some, I was told any shape aquarium will be fine? I plan to either have a square shaped tank or wide one...
 

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Any shape should be fine. Just be careful to make sure the live rock and whatever other decorations you prefer are stable. Sometimes octopi like to decorate...in a suicidal fashion. Just be mindful of that. But monty is right, 55-75 is a better home than a 30-40. i only use 30-40 as temporary quarters. Also, in reference to your species query, I prefer bimac octopi over almost all else. My favorite octopus that I had was O. bimaculoides, and he was great. But I'm biased, so hearing other suggestions is a wise course.
 


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That would definately be better than a 30-40. Go all the way if you can, but anywhere in the 55-75 range is a pretty good bet. Do you need help with setup?
 

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yeah, the "common wisdom" is that a 55 is the smallest tank size that we haven't seen problems with for a bimac. If you're cramped for space, 55 should be OK for a bimac or briareus. In smaller tanks, like 40, we sometimes see an increased mortality rate, so we don't recommend them. Water volume is one of the biggest concerns, so adding a sump to a 55gal would be helpful, too, and keep in mind that octos produce more waste than most animals, so make sure to have good filtration and that the tank is well-cycled.
 
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I'm thinking a briareus needs a bigger tank, but the jury's still out.

I would just avoid vulgaris because of the size, and dwarfs because they probably don't have the disposition you are expecting. A. aculeatus and O. hummelincki stay relatively smaller than the other common mid-sized octos in the trade, if you can't find a source for a bimac.
 

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I am really liking the briareus and I found a spot for a 75g I will just need to move some things around which won't be a problem, what size sump/refugium would you suggest? I also would put an ATO in, but I don't really know how to set those up... I know the basics with SW aquariums and octos being messy and all, but I will definately need help setting up a tank specifically for an octopus... what do you do for flow, temp, keeping rock stable, substrate, sealing tank, etc.... I can't think of everything now so anything anyone can add in would be great because I want to make sure I know everything possible for making this successful before I set up any tanks :smile: thanks!
 

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