View Full Version : started working on octopus tank

02/06/2007, 07:40 AM
Need ideas on a good lid for my 220 octopus tank want light to get through but a material strong enough and small enough to not let him out.

02/06/2007, 03:26 PM
they are strong and clever beasties. any opening large enough for their beak (their only hard part) to fit through, and they can escape.
I suggest a lid like this:
from Janaury tank of month on reefkeeping.com

02/06/2007, 04:58 PM
Octos are so cool but they are also short lived. Thats what has kept me from trying agian.

02/06/2007, 05:22 PM
I suppose you rely on the sump and skimmer for gas exchange? What is the captive lifespan of a typically available species?

02/06/2007, 05:35 PM
I love octopus and I've caught quite a few of them while diving. They are such cool critters. VERY smart. I once brought one up to an inflatable zodiac to show a small one to my wife and it scurried out of my hands. It quickly squeezed between the floor board and the inflatable portion. Let me just say that I couldn't even slide a piece of paper in that slit.

Sorry to say that it never came back out ... not alive anyway. Now I look, but don't touch.

If I were to ever keep one I couldn't imagine the type of contraption that would be able to keep one. The one shown above looks like just the ticket.

I would give the octopus a few toys to play with and likely exchange the toys every other day or so.

02/06/2007, 06:13 PM
Check out tonmo.com for a lot more in depth octo stuff

typically 6-12 month lifespan in captivity bean.

02/06/2007, 06:14 PM

02/06/2007, 06:15 PM
If you get an octo, name him houdini, cause you're gonna wonder how in the world did he escape!

02/06/2007, 06:52 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=9175897#post9175897 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by BeanAnimal

Not many live more than 2 years in the wild IIRC. Would kind of **** me off to have to buy a replacement animal on a yearly basis though.

02/06/2007, 07:05 PM
That's insane ... only 2 year lifespan in the wild? I've seen some big ones before but never thought that they were 2 years old or less. That was just an assumption, but if that's true ... there are bugs that live longer than that.

02/06/2007, 07:51 PM

02/07/2007, 08:30 AM
Captive they don't live long. They have intelligences equal to a cat. That is one animal that looks cool but not in a tank.

02/07/2007, 09:20 AM
like I said, sad to lock em up in a small tank and force their rapid demise...

02/07/2007, 12:45 PM
I'd say these guys are best left in the ocean, but if you think you can keep em happy, (and happily) more power to you

02/07/2007, 02:39 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=9180298#post9180298 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by BeanAnimal
like I said, sad to lock em up in a small tank and force their rapid demise...

Bean, from everything I've seen, tank size really doesnt contribute to their demise. Most people are just buying animals that aren't newborn, and only have a 2 year lifespan. To expect to get any more than a year is kind of silly.

02/07/2007, 06:58 PM
wow, thanks for all the great info. shark dude great pics. This project i will not take lightly and can asure you that if numbers and enclouser are not up to zoo aquarium status i will not get one of those beautifull animals. somthings dont belong in a tank. once again thank you for all the great info.

02/07/2007, 07:13 PM
Oh ya blue rings are cool but can easily kill you...stay away from them. No anti venom and something like 100x more toxic than cyanide.