Take a look at my cold water octopus tank

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BioHazard

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Wow.... that almost makes me want to go salty.... I'd love to see some video, and more pictures of course!!
 

Chilly Willie

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I've never seen you post a thread of your tank before! It looks great. Is the octopus the only living thing besides your sessile inverts in there?
It's illegal to take fish, alive, from the ocean, so no fish. I sometimes have a snail or some brittle stars for clean up crew. Oh, I've got a bat star, and a little red rock shrimp too. I caught my shrimp about 1/2 mile off shore, but I've seen shrimp like the one I have under the same rocks where I caught my octopus, and the shrimp seems to have no problem keeping out of the octopus's grasp (over 18 months so far). I guess the shrimp has evolved sufficient street-smarts to be able to coexist with the octopus. Most everything else would become octo food.
 

Conski

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thanks for sharing man, one of the coolest things ive seen on this site in a long time.. without a doubt
 

sushiray

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can u guess what u shouldn't do?

if your LFS has a central filtering system & you see any sick fish, dead fish (or floaters) or fish with fungus - can u guess what u shouldn't do??!!
 

Chilly Willie

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Would catalina gobies become prey for the octopus? A pair would be nice in there. Can't you get a fishing license?
I think that catalina gobies would probably be easy prey for an octopus, since they like to hold still a lot, but I don't know for sure.

As for the fishing license:
California law says that if you have a fishing license you can catch fish, but even then, you can't take them home alive. The reason for the law is that they don't want people to put native a fish in their home aquarium, and then later decide to release it back in to the ocean. It would be easy for the local fish to catch an exotic parasite or disease in a tank filled with critters from all over the tropical world, and then, if released, infect the local fish population. It's a really good reason, I think, although it does limit what I can have in my tank.
 
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