Atlantic Pygmy Octopus EXPERT ONLY

Atlantic Pygmy Octopus EXPERT ONLY
Latin name:
(Octopus joubini)

Care Level

Expert Only






Preferred Conditions

72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.2-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025

Avg. Max Size


Minimum Tank Size

30 gallons


Iodine, Trace Elements
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The Octopus is a highly adaptable creature that can thrive in many different aquariums, as long as certain environmental needs are met. For optimal health, it is important that the aquarium is well-stocked with plenty of live rock and an abundance of hiding spots and swimming areas. Additionally, the lighting should be dim actinic lighting to provide the creature with the optimal environment. Proper care and maintenance of the Octopus’ environment will ensure that it is healthy and happy. Furthermore, regular monitoring of the aquarium’s water chemistry and quality is of utmost importance in order to provide a safe and healthy home for the Octopus.

The Atlantic Pygmy Octopus is a remarkable creature, and with the right care and maintenance, it can thrive in an aquarium setting. To ensure the health and safety of the octopus, it is essential to anchor and glue together the rocks in the tank, cover all openings securely, and keep nitrates, phosphates and copper-based medications to a minimum. Furthermore, a species only aquarium with live rock is the ideal habitat for the Atlantic Pygmy Octopus, as it provides the necessary water stability for the animal to thrive.

If you are ever approached by an Octopus in an aquarium, be very careful not to cause it to release its ink cloud. This usually happens if you approach the Octopus quickly, which would cause it to contract its muscles and expel the ink. If this happens, you will need to do a large water change to avoid the Octopus’s death.