Baby squid care

Discussion in 'Sources for Cephalopods and Food' started by nuro, Jun 28, 2016.

  1. nuro

    nuro Pygmy Octopus Registered

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2008
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    1
    So one of the local wholesalers managed to get their hands on a batch of squid eggs of a currently unknown species. My LFS bought some and I'll be going in tomorrow to check them out and offer the owner any advice I can.

    I'm familiar with keeping octopuses, having kept several, and have done my reading on cuttlefish but I know little about keeping squid in a home aquarium, let alone hatchlings and juveniles. Does anyone have experience with this? What sort of foods should we try to provide and if it's hard to source does anyone have advice on where to procure it? I'm assuming at this stage they are going to be planktonic feeders but being squids I don't know how to target feed or if that's even possible.

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    19,080
    Likes Received:
    1,127
    Location:
    Gainesville, GA USA
    Most squid are pelagic from birth and like small egg octopuses, they die in the aquarium within days/hours (some pygmy squid and the benthic bobtail squids are known exceptions). Unlike octopuses, most stay pelagic and will not survive in a home aquarium (and only a few in very large sea water public aquariums) even as adults.

    My two attempts with Caribbean eggs were failures so I can't offer good advice but here is a link to my journal
     
  3. cuttlegirl

    cuttlegirl Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2005
    Messages:
    4,891
    Likes Received:
    236
    Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Any chance you could get a photo of the squid eggs?
     
  4. Jean

    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2002
    Messages:
    4,218
    Likes Received:
    138
    Location:
    Dunedin, New Zealand
    We've had very little success with squid eggs. One thing I do know is to keep the tank dirty!!! Newly hatched squid seem to absorb some nutrients through the skin, so don't clean the tank too much! Square tanks are an issue as well. Round tanks are much better. The straight sided tanks seem to kill fast! Also be aware that many plastics leach chemicals into the tank and kill the young squid too. And live food all the way, as big as the juveniles or even a little bigger. Good luck, someone has to crack this problem!
     
  5. Mel Cheal

    Mel Cheal Cuttlefish Registered

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2016
    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Good luck!
    On a side note, I found some for sale online... Squid Egg

    Mel
     
  6. cuttlegirl

    cuttlegirl Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2005
    Messages:
    4,891
    Likes Received:
    236
    Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    That's kind of funny since that is multiple squid eggs... also hard to tell if those are fertile, if indeed that is a photo of the eggs for sale.
     
  7. Mel Cheal

    Mel Cheal Cuttlefish Registered

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2016
    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    I would assume they mean the entire sac, having included the picture of a whole sac. But also my guess is that the picture is simply borrowed from google :roll:.
    Honestly though, who knows. The people who run the site probably don't have a clue about cephs.

    Mel

    edit: I confirmed the picture was taken off google :banghead:
     

Share This Page