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Discussion in 'Cuttlefish Care' started by Suzy, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. Suzy

    Suzy Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    Hi, GUys!

    I am new here, but I have had marine fish for quite some time. I am attempting to breed a few spp, having some success with some and am looking to branch out to cephalopods. I just finished a great book on Cephalopds, written by a pair of authors who recommended this site. Anyone here have cuttlefish?!

    This book is great and has given my enough confidence to try these unusual fish. I am raising some live foods for my other fry, and I am hoping these will be sufficient for cuttles. I have 4 eggs, purchased by a local fish store owner. They are very dark right now.

    I have these in a fish breeder, floating in a nursery tank. The nursery has very tiny pipefish, enclosed in their own kriesal nursery. Is this the best water flow for the eggs? Do I want enough flow to move the eggs, or just enough to oxygenate them?
     
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    Wouldn't be a book by Colin Dunlop and Nancy King would it? They are staff on this forum! Gentle note! Cephalopods are not fish, they are molluscs, like snails etc. Be aware when your eggs hatch the babies are very likely to try to eat your baby pipefish!


    :welcome:

    Cheers

    Jean
     
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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    :welcome: Suzy, it is great to welcome yet one more experienced SWT keeper into the fold. Enjoy your stay with us!
     
  4. Suzy

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    Thanks, Guys!

    I love your signature. Sad, but true....I work in medicine and I see it everyday.

    Yes, that is the book! It is great! But, now, putting it into action, I need just a bit o' experienced advice.

    I look at these eggs every hour or so, (Patience in my middle name!) and they seem to be shrinking? Just my imagination, I hope. Do I want flow on them, like clownfish eggs? Because they are not attached, the flow I want to use moves them into suspension. Do I want them to be stationary or is it ok if they are turning? I don't want he little guys to get motion sickness!

    Dorry worry about the pipe fry. They are in a seperate nursery. Thanks for the heads up about them not being fish!
     
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    I just hatched out my first 2 this week. Had them in a breeder on the bottom with low flow and no movement of the eggs. It may take them some time to hatch and mine took a little over a week. Once they hatch they wont feed for a few days. Heres a really great article for you to read on them from Thales.

    http://www.stickycricket.com/cuttle/article_bandensis1/index.html

    Good luck! :)
     
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    :welcome: to you both!
     
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    Thanks Monty! :)
     
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    Yes, thanks!

    OK, I read that article for like the 10th time! I am a big fan of him on RDO!

    I have the flow super light.....keeping my fingers crossed....
     
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    Thales (Richard Ross) is a TONMO staff member so you will be seeing him here as well :sagrin:
     
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    Don't tell him I have a crush on him? I don't want his wife to find out yet.....
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    I promise not to tell :fingerscrossed: :gigas:
     
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    Yes im wondering the same thing on the flow for the cuttle fish eggs and the babies!!! I have 12 eggs altogether and 2 have hatched!!! Ya!!! Is this suzy from Utah? What are you planning on feeding ur cuttle babies after they hatch? Is amy ur friend?
     
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    I am from Utah! Who are you?

    I have a few tanks growing amphopods, 8 buckets growing copepods, and a few nurseries filled with rubble growing mysis.I only have 4 eggs, though. How are you going to feed 12?! The 2 taht have hatched, how tiny are they?
     
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    They are 3/8 to a 1/2 inch!!! one is bigger than the other!!!! Im adam I know u from chad!!! And brandon at the aquairum said u bought the other eggs!! I order 8 more just to make sure I get good odds!! There awesome to watch and eat!!! If u have any extran live food that i could purchase that would be great!!!
     
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    Hmmmm.... would you like your baby cuttle sautéed or fricasséed? :wink:
     
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    They hatched! I am getting Cuttled for Christmas! Really, I was planning on another form of cuddling, this is an added bonus!

    But, I am a bit worried about them. The eggs never got lighter, they are still very black. Did they hatch premature?

    Also, how delicate are they? I want to move them into another nursery, to be able to keep tiny food near them. Can I use a turkey baster like I do with seahorse fry? Or should I try to get them into a large ladle? Big spoon thing?

    I was planning on using smaller copepods than I have now, A tonsa, a calanoid copepod but the person I am attempting to get them from hasn't shipped them yet. Poor planning on my part. I do have the larger copepod T californius or Tiggerpods. Fingers crossed these are small enough? I have 8 buckets of them!
     
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    Congratulations!

    My eggs never lightened up either and the hatchlings are doing fine.

    If it were me, i would keep them in the breeder and not move them unless its necessary. I dont plan on letting mine out of the breeder for the next few weeks at least.

    I'm sure the tiggers are small enough for them. At least they were for mine...maybe too small. :)
     
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    I need to move them into a specialized nursery because I do not have enough food to let it feed my whole 300 gallon system! The holes n the breeder are too large to keep the food in....
     
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    Hi Suzy,

    I'm one of the authors of the book you bought - Colin and I are always glad to find people using and appreciating our book, so thanks for the nice words.
    Quite a few people on the site have raised cuttles from eggs, and I'm sure you'll be hearing from Thales, too. But you seem to be off to to a good start.

    Nancy
     
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    moving baby cuttles

    I moved my babys cuttles by filling a large bowl up then placing my breeder net in the bowl then moving the hole thing to my nursery tank that feeds off my 210 reef tank!! there are 4 hacthed know yay!!!:smile:
     

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