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octo tank connected to larger reef

Bepe

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I was thinking of plumbing a 55 gal tank for an octopus (bimac from Octopets) to my existing 90 gallon reef tank by sharing the 60 gallon sump. That way I would have a very stable water supply (the reef has been up for years) and would have less maintanence.

Will the temp be a problem (I keep the reef at 77F)? Are there other concerns I should be aware of?

Thanks in advance
 

cthulhu77

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Welcome to Tonmo!
77 is at the upper end of the heat index for bimacs, but they seem to be ok up to 78 or so, you should be safe.
Interesting tank setup...if possible, send us some pics...personally, I think it is a great idea !
greg
 

Nancy

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The higher temperature raises the octopus's metabolism and usually results in a shorter lifespan. You might be able to rig up a fan on the tank, but it's hard to do that and make it escape proof. I used a fan on the sump and it lowered the temperature several degrees.

Nancy
 
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I thought about doing that as well,
however, I was worried the octo may smell the fish and shrimp
and spend all day trying to get into the reef

just a thought, and I may just be paranoid
 

incysor

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Your idea should work great. The added water volume is great for stability. My bimac lasted about 10 months in a very similar set up, with smaller tanks. I had cheap clip-on fans in the stand blowing over the top of my sump, it helped keep the temp about 75-76.

Here's a pic that show the 40 and the end of the 55 that it was plumbed with.

 

incysor

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Squishy was a bimac. After he died, we knew we were going to move within a few months, so we've held off on ordering another one. We upgraded the 55 to a 75, and I'm in the process of making canopies for both tanks that will hold the upgraded lighting. Once I've had the lighting on the tanks for a month or so and I know that everything is stable I'll order another one.

Here's a few pics of the current setup.


 

incysor

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I used to have a purple one as well that was just as big. I lost it when I moved. I'm hoping to find another one, but I haven't seen one with a lime green mouth for quite some time. They're showing up more in the stores lately so I'll just keep my fingers crossed.

Brian
 

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