Cuttle Stocking Density

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  1. magnetar68

    magnetar68 O. vulgaris Registered

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    I was at the California Academy of Sciences this weekend and noticed what appeared to be 10+ cuttles in a relatively smaller tank (guessing around 75G?). There were also several juveniles in a plastic container on the side. This seems to be more than what Richard originally suggested in his 2009 article:

    Perhaps the stocking density guidelines has risen as long as there are enough nooks and crannies for these guys to hang out in? (There is a chance I just totally blew my guess on the size of the tank as CAS).

    BTW, I also did not see the flamboyants. It looks like they had been moved since there was a black ribbon eel where they used be and the tank marked for the flamboyants near the other cuttles did not appear to have any in it.
     
  2. Thales

    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    The stocking guidelines in the articles are more for static populations in a single tank. At CAS we are constantly rotating cuttles as they age, so the guidelines don't necessarily apply. In other words, when they get large or we start to see too much agression, we move some animals to another system.

    At the moment, we don't have any Flams on display and are waiting for babies to grow up a bit.

    Tanks and sorry for the confusion,

    Rich
     
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    magnetar68 O. vulgaris Registered

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    Ahhh..that makes sense. Thanks for the clarification.
     

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