I don't know anything about octo husbandry, but theres something to be said for keeping multiples in a tank. This means either one or a lot, not just two. In some cases it spreads out aggression, in other cases it negates aggression altogether. Again, I'm surprised to read that it is not standard practice to allow the bag to float for 15 minutes before adding water. In the tropical fish hobby this is always done to minimalize temperature shock, and most trop. fish are MUCH hardier than cephs. Just somemore thoughts. Congrats though on such expansion!!! I'm sitting here in a dorm room completely devoid of life and I'm not impressed (I gotta get myself at least a betta!). Look forward to hearing more.
Thank you Travis for posting about your attempts to keep two octos together. We've had at least three attempts to keep two bimacs together here on this site and not one was successful. Not only were the octos very stressed, but the owners as well. I think we need to let Octopets know about this, too.
The aquarium hobby is full of well-intentioned people who are trying to break new ground...whether using an Eclipse tank for a reef, or housing too many animals in one space. The problem is, they actually believe they are trying something different, instead of listening to all of the failures of the past and learning from them.
Octopus have a large territorial area in the wild. Certainly larger than a few square feet. Yes, they can be housed together for brief periods of time...just like you can have houseguests over for a day or two without going crazy. In the long run, it is the animals that pay the ultimate price for this sort of experimentation.
If you are interested in housing multiple animals in the same tank, perhaps talking to Sir Righty about his dwarf cuttles might be the best way to go, yes ?
There is always a chance that it could work out, odd tank arrangements and multiple octos in one area, of course...it is just that the realities of the situation outweigh the possibilities by a long margin, and we are talking about life here...not some abstract.