[Article]: Before you buy a cuttlefish... (by Colin Dunlop)

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  1. tonmo

    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Thanks to Colin for submitting this very important article regarding cuttlefish keeping. It's another must-read article for anyone thinking about getting a cuttlefish to care for.

    Before you buy a cuttlefish...

    Thank you Colin!

    Be sure to visit our Ceph Care page for more articles from Colin, Nancy and others.
     
  2. joel_ang

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    Glad the articles finally out Colin :)
     
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    Burstsovenergy24 Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Supporter

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    Great article. :D
     
  4. Nancy

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    Colin's article is much needed and will be a guide for all those thinking of owning a cuttlefish. Interest in keeping cuttlefish seems to be growing, so this excellent article comes at a good time.

    Thanks, Colin!

    Nancy
     
  5. NickA5582

    NickA5582 Sepia elegans Registered

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    Great article, Colin and nice pics Joel! :)
     
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    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Nice article.

    I am now in the process of trying to breed Sepia bandensis in the US. I picked one up at the LFS on Dec 9, 03 and the other at the beginning of January. I like them because they are smaller, and don't require as much swimming space as some of the larger cuttles.

    If you are interested, check out http://www.daisyhillcuttlefarm.com
    And if you have any suggestions or input I would love to hear it!
     
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    Same here, the larger cuttles like my latimanus grow too big and don't show their true colours until they're larger. The younger ones cuttles try not to be outstanding and put on dull colours.

    Thats also the only problem I find with bandensis, only the occasional red on their undersides.

    I still dream of metasepia......one day.
     
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    Seeing the babies for sale at Octopets, inspired me to do some reading on cuttles! Great article Colin and excellent pics Joel. Guess this is not a great idea for me right now!!!! I didn't realize they get as large as 18"!

    Carol
     
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    Great article and pics Colin & Joel :notworth: :notworth:

    J
     
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    Yeah, that should be a must read...very comprehensive. Makes you think twice again !
     
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    Good article, At the NRCC we do get several calls from people wanting cuttlefish etc... We positively do not sale to the public. Most people do not realize how hard it is to keep these guys in small aquariums.
     
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    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Thanks for backing me up on that :)

    Dont pester the NRCC!!!!!!
     
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    Definitely a must read!!! for anyone whether you are thinking of buying or not (its very interesting!!!) Also make sure you read Dr. Woods for part article on cuttlefish husbandry. Start at this page
     
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    that was a great article man
     
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    both Colin's and Dr Wood's are awesome!
     
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    Hi,
    Great article, i know its an old post but its got some great information, Makes you think. And great article: Keeping and Breeding the dwarf cuttlefish
    Sepia bandensis. Reading the end of that now.
    Cheers
    Mike
     
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    Excellent article Colin, just read it. It really emphasises the difficulties and pitfalls in keeping cuttles. They most definitely should not be an impulse buy.
     
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    yes this is a great article.

    one thing that it lets me know is that as much as I like Cuttlefish, I don't have the resources or discipline to keep them. :sad:

    it is nice to know that there are people out there that can, and reading some of the threads here lets me enjoy it at least second hand.

    keep up the good work all. :notworth:
     
  19. tonmo

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    Thanks BigRed and welcome to the site! I'm all about second-hand appreciation around here (I've never owned a tank...)
     
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    Hi and welcome to Tonmo.com!:welcome:

    Glad you like the article. Colin can't thank you personally right now because he's on vacation in France.

    Even if you feel you can't keep cuttles, you'll find a lot to read about them both in the articles and in the Ceph Care forums.

    Nancy
     

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