Few would guess that the most intelligent invertebrate in the world is the octopus. With eight muscular arms, each a crucial part of the octopus’ central nervous system, they are able to control their movements and reactions in complex ways. These unique creatures also make distinguished pets because of their advanced intelligence. But owning an octopus requires a good deal of preparation and attention in order to provide your pet with a healthy life.
Octopuses, which are nocturnal animals, can provide specific challenges to pet owners because of their health needs and their intelligence. Preparing a tank for an octopus should be done at least three months in advance. This “maturing” process will ensure a stable environment for your pet octopus. First, a sealed tank of the correct size is necessary. This tank should be equipped with a sump and a powered filter that is capable of keeping this messy animal clean and providing them with plenty of oxygen. Also, heavy metals are dangerous for your octopus, so removing all metals,especially copper, is crucial.
Sealing the tank is crucial because octopuses are deft at escaping from even the smallest opening. Because octopi have no skeletal structure, they can fit through practically any gap and can even lift many lids. Sealing a tank is crucial to keeping your octopus safe. Octopuses escape in order to feed their desire to hunt. These aggressive hunters are best served by being fed live crustaceans to quell their hunger and desire to hunt.
This aggressive behavior suggests that octopuses do not share well. Any fish that are put in a tank with an octopus will eventually become a meal. Starfish and certain urchins can share a tank with an octopus. Octopuses also seek out tight, dark spaces, so including plenty of caves and crawl spaces of various sizes is important for your pet octopus.
These intelligent animals can make intriguing pets, especially pygmy octopus species, but they do not have extensive life spans. A well-cared for octopus will most likely only live for one year.