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    60g octopus tank ?

    After visiting a local fish store that brought in a brown octopus, I have been spending non stop hours researching how to build a tank and house one of these amazing creatures.

    I have found a 60g acrylic tank in denver that has a built in overflow I am considering. Anyone and everyone please post your ideas about how I should go about this build, what tank size/shape is best, how can I lock it down to prevent the thing from escaping, etc etc.

    I want to really plan and think this build out to decide if I can really do the build justice and have something that nearly no one else has in colorado.

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    Do a search on the forum. Someone built one about 7 years ago. The theory was good but I don't know if it ever got used. I'll keep my eyes open for it too. Maybe mr Liriel did it.


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    Yeah I have done a ton of research and can have a species specific tank built but it isn't cheap lol. I will do some searches on the forum to find who has gone down this road.


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    I saw that Octopus. It was pretty cool, they said it is very active at night. I would be scared I would wake up one morning and it would be in bed with me.
    C'mon Man.

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    Lol yeah from what I am reading they are most active at night. I can use red lights as they cannot see red light to view their activity. There are other small ones that are more social and active that stall small. I didn't realize that blue ring ones are deadly because there is no known antivenom for their bite


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    I was just watching some YouTube videos. Damn it now I kinda want one. Thanks Levi
    C'mon Man.

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    Lol yeah I am in the same boat haha, watched videos and I'm hooked


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    I think you should buy an octopus and sell it for twice as much because its bigger. To soon? Maybe e we could do a raffle?

    This is an awesome idea. Curious about your lid ideas

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    See the lid is the part I can't decide on. A real octopuses tank has a lip that the acrylic slides into and locks into place with thumb screws in the back to lock it from going front to back.


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    I have a few ideas but no way to articulate them while writing.

    1st- grab the thingy and attach it to the doohicky. Ill call you later.

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    Someone had one at MACNA. Sounded like they are a cold water species. But anyway, that seems to be the safest way to seal the top. Theirs did the same thing, it slid shut in a groove like a drawer bottom and then locked into place from the back. the octopi wasn't able to force the lid up and couldn't slide it backwards.
    By the way. Someone is putting on a learning acrylic session up in Denver. It might be too late to join in on an actual build, but it was interesting that they were ordering acrylic in for specific projects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmellon View Post
    Someone had one at MACNA. Sounded like they are a cold water species. But anyway, that seems to be the safest way to seal the top. Theirs did the same thing, it slid shut in a groove like a drawer bottom and then locked into place from the back. the octopi wasn't able to force the lid up and couldn't slide it backwards.
    By the way. Someone is putting on a learning acrylic session up in Denver. It might be too late to join in on an actual build, but it was interesting that they were ordering acrylic in for specific projects.
    Some are cold water but the Southern California species loves temps from 70-78


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    I think you're on the right track with an acrylic tank. Alot of the ideas you were kicking around with your last acrylic tank to house an eel i think would translate to an octo tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just_Tim View Post
    I think you're on the right track with an acrylic tank. Alot of the ideas you were kicking around with your last acrylic tank to house an eel i think would translate to an octo tank.
    Yeah pretty much the same except an eel isnt nearly as smart as an octo and I have to figure out how to drain water to a sump without letting the octo get into my plumbing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6L82iJ_NTI


    species I am thinking about getting: Abdopus aculeatusis
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUG9VO5L0VU

    Octopus briareus
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Sn_RruRKts

    Briareus is the carribean one and that is most likely what I will go with.

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    Aside from the top I'd think about a valve to pump water out rapidly in case the thing inked the tank.

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    What about a cuttlefish? Has anyone ever seen a cuttlefish for sale?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manchestercity View Post
    Aside from the top I'd think about a valve to pump water out rapidly in case the thing inked the tank.
    Not locally but yes. There's a captive breeding program now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manchestercity View Post
    What about a cuttlefish? Has anyone ever seen a cuttlefish for sale?
    Reefkoi had one a while back.
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    Cuttlefish have a very short lifespan, so unless you want to buy a new one every 1-2 years, it's probably not the way to go.

    For the overflow, your best bet it probably going to be a coast to coast/ghost/external overflow (not sure exactly what it's specifically called).

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightStar View Post
    Cuttlefish have a very short lifespan, so unless you want to buy a new one every 1-2 years, it's probably not the way to go.

    For the overflow, your best bet it probably going to be a coast to coast/ghost/external overflow (not sure exactly what it's specifically called).
    Ideally, cuttlefish are bought in M/F pairs as they are excellent breeders. They mature in 4 months and will lay multiple eggs giving you future generations.

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