Before you buy a cuttlefish....

by Colin Dunlop


Opening notes...
Since this article was originally written it has been necessary to rewrite parts of it. There have been significant advances within the hobby and cephalopod husbandry techniques are still evolving. It is certain to require more updates in the future but that's what keeps this hobby of ours interesting.

The point of this article is really to get the prospective keeper to have a think about their reasons for keeping a cuttlefish; is it something they really want to do? Is it something they really can do? There are no short cuts to be taken and cutting corners, more often than not, will result in the death of the cephalopod. It is neither an instant gratification hobby nor is it an inexpensive hobby as this text will show. We will aim to give you the facts.

As an online community; members stand firmly in favour of keeping captive bred (CB) species. However, we do know that sometimes wild cuttlefish like Metasepia pfefferi are imported 'often accidentally' and sometimes people buy them on an impulse. In these cases we will try very hard to ensure that you have all the information you need to offer the cephalopod the opportunity to live its full natural lifespan. You will never be 'flamed' for asking questions on the Ceph Care Forums. But please, don't ever buy any animal without thoroughly researching all its captive requirements!

There is no easy answer to the, 'I am tempted to buy the cuttlefish that my local aquarium...
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About the Author
Colin is a Countryside Ranger with a background in Applied Biological Sciences and joined the staff in March 2002. Based in one of the UK's largest country parks he is responsible for the care, conservation and management of many natural waterways, woodlands, bogs and forests across Lanarkshire. He is a published author on cephalopods and experienced in keeping them in the home; this includes cuttlefish and octopuses, and has advanced diplomas in both ‘Fish Biology & Fish Health’ and ‘Water Quality & Filtration’. Colin is a licensed amphibian worker and currently lives just South of Glasgow, Scotland.


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