[Cuttlefish Eggs]: Cuttle Farm Army's newest Recruits! 7 Bandensis!

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Sorry for the late update. Here are some pictures and a quick video I threw together.


With Big Shrimps in thier Mouths


Here they are in a dark red/maroon color.





And unfortunately, an unexplained death occurred yesterday. So I have a total of 6 Bandensis at 1 months old.


 
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Thanks everyone for the kind words. These eggs were from aquatropics in Gainesville. Ask for Munna. Nice guy.

Hopefully, Ill be able to get some viable eggs, but well see. *tentacles crossed* !!

Also for anyone interested, I purchased my mysids from http://www.aquaculturestore.com/ and did not experience much canabolism. I fed them frozen cyclopseeze or pellets.
 

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hope they grow up well
i had an o. bimaculatus who hatched her eggs.none survived since they were planktonic and i couldnt feed them and they were killed by the filter.
anyway good luck!

MAY CEPHALOPODS BE BESTOWED ETERNAL GLORY!
 
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This is a late update, but my cuttles are doing well. A couple months back, I got a single adult male from Thales since he had too much testosterone in his system. The adult male may be the end of his life cycle and has been in my main display for a couple months. It has recently showed less interest in food eating a large shore shrimp once a day or every two days. I believe this is due to him nearing the last stages of his life.

The juveniles are getting large quick reaching 1-1.75 inches. I have trained them to eat frozen shrimp and currently feed them Grass shrimp purchased from the local bait shop. This is the youngest Ive managed to train bandensis to do this and it will save me a lot of $$$. Feeding a lot of food since hatching allowed them to grow at a faster rate then I have ever had before. I also encouraged them to start eating prey much larger then they are early on, which improves their hunting confidence and allowed them to grow faster. This then saves me a lot of money because they can now eat frozen or live shrimp that is purchased by the lb at a bait shop verses shipping expensive live marine shrimp to my house.

Heres an image of the adult and a couple raw videos.





 
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Heres an update on my current batch of Bandensis in my 150.

A couple weeks ago, I transfered 3 bandensis of almost 4 months of age into the main 150 display tank. There was already an adult Male bandensis in the display. The adult is about 4 "s and full grown. The 4 month olds are about 2-3 "s. Once I placed them into the 150, signs of male aggression from the adult began. The adult male also seemed to force himself onto one of the females. Ive introduced different aged cuttles that have had no exposure to each other once before and did not have any problems. However, the adult male's aggression had me worried. I tried to catch the newly introduced cuttles, but was unable to. After the first day or so, it seemed that they have all accepted each other as tank mates.

Currently, I have 5 Bandensis. 3 males and 3 females. All have paired up. I have left a mated pair in the juvenile section, so I can observe them easier with egg laying.

Today, I noticed a black clutch of eggs in the main tank. Pretty much in the hardest area to reach! I believe they belong to the adult male and his mate for they hang out in this cave. Actually the mom looks like she is staring me down as if shes saying "Dont even think about it!" If they begin to inflate more, I will try to take them out and hopefully hatch them!

I dont have any pictures that are worth posting yet, but hopefully Ill be able to get some soon.
 
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Heres a small list of things Ive learned so far with this batch and my current setup.

-Ive observed no change in comfort or distress with having the bandensis in a reef system with 250w halides.
-I have twice now introduced mixed aged groups of Aqua cultured bandensis without real problems.
-Bandensis will take frozen food earlier then I once though. Perhaps even after 1 month.
-For some pickier eating Bandensis, I had to poke at the frozen shrimp to make it look alive. Also, they were more confident at grabbing the shrimp if the back of the shrimp was facing the cuttlefish.


Tank statistics.

-Temp 76-78
-28" tall tank with 3x 250w hallides. Hallides are on 6-7 hours a day. The rest of the time, low wattage T5 bulbs are used.
-Salinity 1.026
Ca 450
Alk 10 dkh
Mag 1250
Nitrate 0
PO4 - Unknown, but Im starting to get a little algae, so a phosban reactor is going on soon.
 
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I think I first observed mating at around 3.5 months. Eggs first observed today, at 4 months 1 week. The clutch of eggs look to be 13-15 eggs. Lets hope they are fertile! Lets also hope that they dont lay 100+ eggs like cuttlegirl's did! That would be a lot of eggs since I have 3 mated pairs!

Another note: None of the 4 month olds have the face burn that Thales current generation has.
 

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