Nini... I suggested this on another of your threads, and will do again here...you really should keep some soft corals in a reef tank for a while before you tackle a ceph. Many of your questions will be answered during the time you learn how to keep a reef tank stable, and it will make a perfect octo home in the end !!!
I second what Greg advises. You really need the experience of keeping a reef aquarium - it's not dull and boring! - you can have some interesting creatures, but nothing as difficult as an octo to start out with.
thats a great idea greg,that would give the water time to circulate,and by doing this for awhile,i can experience most of my questions,and like you said it will make a great home in the end!!!
thanx a bunch
soft corals, not the stony types, do not require the same levels of high illumination, and so the lighting used for them will be fine for a diurnal octopus like a bimac ! I am a really big fan of PowerCompact lighting...but even high watt flourescents can work.
i havnt kept a reef before.....i have soft corals such as xenia and button polps and other weird things that i am keeping at the mo to get used to marine keeping whilst my tank matures for the octo
maturing the tank is something you have to do if are goin to do it properly... so if your goin to have to do it you may aswell learn whilst doin it if you want to be able to look after him to the best of your ability
just a sugestion: u may want to also try some delicate inverts such as shrimp, clams, starfish sponges ect. just make sure u research what is compatabile first. (when i was a wee lad salt water aquariums were also preety imature at that time and all i could was learn by trial an error and boy did i error!) any whooo. just keep practiceing it will payoff.