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Tank size and temp for O. briareus (was "Question")

SandV

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I am looking at getting an Octopus Briareus.....however, i have searched and searched and cannot find anything specific on careing for this species.

I want to know what size tank you would recommend and the temp. you recommend keeping him at....

If anyone knows of a link to information on them it would be greatly appreciated...

Oh and one more question.... what would be the recommended substrate to keep him on?

thanks
 

simple

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I'm not really experienced at this but i also plan on getting one and from what I've found out i know the tank should be around 55 gallons or bigger, and that the temp. should be 72-78* Fahrenheit. They need substrate thats smooth and isn't coarse. I'm sure there are people much more experienced with this though, and they can probably give you more specific information.
I found i learn the most by just reading all the posts related to briareus, so if you do a search you'll find several helpful links.
 

SandV

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substrate

why does it have to be smooth sand? I have shell substrate and I don't really want to take it out and start a new sand bed.... If I do that how long do you think i should wait before adding a octo.... It is currently an established tank that has been up for a couple of years and has no fish so there are LOTS of pods...
 

Nancy

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An octopus has delicate skin and needs a smooth substrate - I don't know how this would work tank-chemistry wise, but perhaps you could put 1/2 inch of smooth sand over what you have.

Nancy
 

SandV

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that sound like a much better idea then switching it... however... I understand the some octo's dig in the sand or burry themselves... I don't want him to get hurt... does the briareus dig...
 

SandV

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I have another question... how many people have power heads in with there octo... I am worried that it could hurt him or he would try and take it.. how do i keep him from taking it?
 

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