man eleven view and not one response, i think i will go to another board for the octo info
I wouldn't get worried until there were 50 to 60 views & no responses...and don't expect any other forum to be any different.
Seeing that you're 17, I would have to say you need to learn to have patience. In the marine aquarium, nothing good happens fast -- you'll see that saying a lot on this forum (and all of the other forums too, BTW).
Unless you get a tropical type octopus, a reef tank is going to be way too warm, making your octo grow faster and live a much
Xenia won't survive in the nitrate laden environment an octo will produce (they eat a lot & produce a lot more waste than fish). Most other corals sting and are dangerous for an octo in a confined area. You might be able to get away with a leather... maybe. If you want to interact with/see your octopus, then MH lighting isn't a good idea since it will hide all the time.
You would have to stick with strictly coldwater, non-stinging corals & that's VERY hard to do in a home aquarium, places just don't really sell coldwater species of corals.
You also didn't say anything about the size of the tank, what type of equipment you're running on it, or how long it has been up and running...
Look at it this way...I think panthers are cool & I'd love to keep one, but I don't think it would get along with my other pets, neighbors, or that my house would be a suitable place for it to live the way it's set up now! The fate & well-being of the animal has to be the first concern.