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I’ve just took a water test it came out

saltilinity 1.040

PH 8.5

Alk. Normal on the low side

Nitrite 0

Nitrate 0

Ammonia .25

Is this good for a pygmy octopus? I might get a couple fiddler crabs today not sure. I’m going to get a few pictures today. Also I going to call around ware I live to see if anyone has a pygmy octopus. Maybe I'll go up to the fish market or bait shop and get some food for my future octopus. I’ve seen a lot of people using red lights for there pygmy octopus because it can’t see red light. is this true? I now most pygmy octopus are nocturnal but this would make my tank look weird.
 

DHyslop

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Your ammonia should be at zero. No ifs ands or buts. Stick your head in a bucket of kitchen ammonia if you want to know why.

Dan
 

DHyslop

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Is your tank still cycling? The numbers almost suggest that it has just started. If so, changing the water will just make the situation worse.

Dan
 

Nancy

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Clownfish, will you please report on the history of your tank. I'm not clear either when you started this tank. Also, do you have live rock?

Your water parameters aren't quite there. Not only is the ammonia high, but the sg is too high, should be 1.026 and even your pH is a little high. You may have mixed up too much salt in your RO water.

You need to get your water in perfect shape before considering an octopus. As for the fiddler crabs, they can be kept in a shallow bowl with some rock for them to climb out on surrounded by water - you can mix 1/2 salt water and 1/2 RO or distilled water for their water. That way they don't have to go into your tank, but you'll have to change the water every couple of days.

Slow down and take the time to get everything in your tank right.

Nancy
 
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Ok my tank started out as a fresh water tank then I decided that I should turn it into a marine tank. So put the 2 fish that wore in there into my other 10 gallon tank. I put all my marine salt in it (5 gallons worth). I latter added 1/2 an inch of sand from past trips to beaches (I cleaned it before I put it in my tank). there was a 18 watt bulb over it. I went to my local pet store and got a bio wheel filter, more salt, and 3 damsels. In 3 days 1 of them died but the rest flourished. 1 month later I got a yellow tang and a clownfish. About 2 week later I got a protein skimmer, another 18 watt light, and a test kit. My bio wheel died so I had to buy canister filter. In 3 weeks all died except the yellow tang. The tank had been cycling for 1 month when it was fresh.
3 weeks. The stuff that had the bacteria was put in the canister filter until It fell apart. Then my tang died because the water went up to much. He would lie on its side until I nudged. No live rock and I’m building a sump.
 

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