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Setting up my first Octo tank

TheBricks

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Hello everyone. I am a long time lurker here, but this is my first post. I have read and enjoyed all the information you have shared and I really appreciate the community you have developed.

I have always wanted to keep a pet octopus, and I finally started on my journey within the last year. So far I have one FOWLR tank and one nano reef tank up and running and I am currently very close to starting the pumps on the tank that will house my first octopus!

I have a 65 gallon glass tank with an overflow in the center of the back wall. I have the double drain system draining through there (Herbie) and the return pump coming over the back of the tank. I have seen the guide for how to octo proof my overflow and I plan to make one of those covers sometime in the next few months while my tank matures. I have 160 lbs of black sand which comes to just over 5 inches deep. I have read the varying opinions on deep sand (Hi Colin!) and I understand that it poses somewhat of a risk, but I would like to try to make the most comfortable home for whatever octopus I end up with, and many of them would prefer a nice sand bed to dig into. I made some rocks of my own and sculpted them into 'Pride Rock' and will be adding live rock from my other display tanks in the next few days. (Currently it is only half full with some powerheads running) I will update with some pictures soon. Anyway, Hi!
 

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:welcome:! We look forward to your new adventure. You might consider journalling your tank build out in our Tank Talk forum as it is often helpful to take photos and record your decisions for future reference and to help others beginning the process.
 

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Welcome. Sounds like your on track. I wont say a word about the DSB as I am the opposite and run bare bottom. I do understand the benis of DSB and for the short term "under 5 years" I think its great. Ok enough said LOL. This conversation has been all over the forums for many years.
 

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Here is a blurry picture of pride rock.
 

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10 days into cycling now. Scaping is complete. Starting to get some good color on my white rocks. Final order of supplies will be here in a few days, and then I will just need a lid.
 

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DWhatley

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You will want to add something more for denning. An octopus MUST be able to hide or it will become stressed. More live rock would be ideal but a large shell or even saltwater safe ceramic ornament (we have seen skulls, ship wrecks and other interesting displays) are fine.
 

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Where would you suggest? I tried to leave space behind, between and under things as well as leaving 6 inches of sand to dig in.
I think maybe I will look into a shipwreck or something.
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Your caves are a good start but octos need to be able to hide. As much as we want to be able to see them, they need places where we can't so adding more rock to your cave beginnings to block the light (and the view) and making them deeper will help. For a dwarf species, a cluster of variously sized giant purple barnacles (note the link is for reference and not a recommendation, I do not know anything about this vendor but eBay is one of the best places to find them if they are not locally available) have been well received.
 

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As I am reading this I just left Home Depot. I got some PVC pieces to make a giant rock cave/overhang/PVC type deal to add to the front left. I may end up eliminating/covering the left side glass and going with 2 display panels. Either way he/she will have some awesome caves before they arrive.
 

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