Octopuses are known for their captivating beauty, intelligence, and fascinating
behavior. As an aquarium owner, the idea of having one for your own tank
may sound exciting. Indeed, they may add to the visual appeal of your
home or residential aquarium, octopuses are much more difficult to care
for than other common tank dwellers.
If you’ve ever watched a National Geographic special on octopuses
and thought, “I want one of those,” you’re in the right place.
8 Things to Consider Before Adding an Octopus to Your Aquarium
Before making a move to secure your very own eight-armed bottom-feeder,
there are a few things you would be wise to consider:
Feeding an octopus is more expensive. Octopuses eat shrimp, crabs, and raw fish. (The appropriate kinds vary
based on the type of octopus you have.) These tend to be much more expensive
and difficult to find than food for other kinds of fish. Your best option
will typically be frozen or thawed shrimp, shellfish, etc.
Octopuses require stimulation to stay healthy. Octopuses are very active and intelligent, and they need activities from
time to time. This can take the form of live food, puzzles, games, etc.
One common method octopus owners use to keep their pets active and engaged
is giving them their food in a closed jar and letting the octopus figure
out how to open it.
Not just any tank will do. Typically, you should have at least a 50-gallon tank in order to give an
octopus the kind of space it needs. Common pet octopus species include
abdopus aculeatusis, bimacs, briareus, and mercatoris, all of which require
a minimum of 50 gallons of water in order to live, move about, and engage
their environment. Some octopuses also do best at lower temperatures,
while others prefer warmer water, so it is important to ensure you will
be able to maintain your aquatic space in a way that is beneficial to
the species of octopus you choose.
There are some octopuses you should never buy. Known as one of the most poisonous animals on Earth, blue-ringed octopuses
are famous for their fascinating appearance, but they are deadly and should
never be kept as pets. There is no known treatment for its neurotoxic
venom and, if you fail to take proper precautions even one time and are
bitten as a result, you will die. You may be able to purchase these from
a local fisherman, breeder, or other octopus owner, but it may not be
wise to do so. Striped octopuses are also to be avoided, as these are
The layout of your carefully-structured aquarium WILL change. As far as marine pets go, octopuses are fairly strong and can move around
unsecured tank fixtures, such as rocks, coral, etc. This is an important
part of the way they engage with their environment and they will do so
with greater frequency as they age.
Circulation, circulation, circulation. You must not put an octopus into a brand new aquarium. Octopuses are very
sensitive to nitrites and ammonia in the water. In order to survive, your
tank must have been in circulation for 90 days or more and be closely
monitored for appropriate chemical balance.
Octopuses will only break your heart. Unfortunately for avid octopus owners, these beautiful creatures do not
typically live for more than 12-14 months, and smaller ones typically
do not live longer than 8 months. They require a lot of maintenance, time,
money, and effort, but still expire much quicker than most aquarium owners
Getting the right help with aquarium installation and maintenance makes
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to help you create the tank you want, and you will need the regular help
of a professional in order to keep it up and running.
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