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Octopus: Brown - Pacific

Octopus: Brown - Pacific

Octopus sp.

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Care Facts

Care Level: Expert
Temperament: Semi-Aggresive
Diet: Carnivore
Origin: Pacific
Minimum Tank Size: 55 gallon
Acclimation Time: 2+ hours
Reef Safe: No
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: No
Lighting: ~
Placement: ~
Waterflow: ~
The Pacific Octopus, Octopus sp. are a dwarf species of octopus from the Philippines. It has a wonderful deep brown coloration, and  are generally peaceful.  They are best kept in tanks with plenty of live rock hiding places that are well-anchored to the substrate to avoid toppling. It is also very important to have a tightly sealed lid on your tank as the Octopus loves to try to escape - they can escape through the tiniest of openings. The Pacific Octopus eats a carnivorous diet of live Feeder Shrimp, Mussels, Crustacean Flesh, and small Feeder Fish. The Pacific Octopus has excellent eyesight, and will also scavenge at night.  When feeding your Octopus, always be sure to approach the Octopus slowly and with caution, as to avoid causing it to release its ink cloud in defense. In the aquarium, this release of ink will cause the immediate need for a large water change to avoid its death, and the harm to it's tank mates. 

I received the octopus in great condition and the packaging was exceptional. However, I originally asked for a female but it turned out be a male. It possessed a hectocotylus (male reproductive organ) on its third, right arm. Sexing octopus is not easy even for teuthologists so I'm not too concerned about getting a male. I still plan on ordering more of these as they remain available.

Reviewed by: Mark Mayer on April 3, 2016

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