cuttlefish eggs

Discussion in 'Cuttlefish Care' started by vegetell425, Jan 30, 2003.

  1. vegetell425

    vegetell425 Blue Ring Registered

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    ok i check the cuttlefish husbandry place online because this morning i seen a cluster of dark grape looking things on a plant in my tank. My conclusion is that my cuttlefish is a she and layed eggs. Now do they lay eggs that might not be fertile(like birds). I also read they mate in the winter. And thats when i got her. So might i have some babys in the future? Or is it a possiable no. Also will she die now like octopus. I currently dont know what to do. If they only lay eggs when there fertile then im going to get a set up going for them and start getting a food source. Good news is that my 2.5 gallon tank has a colony of isopods growing and it sayed that they can be used as food. I just got to mass produce them faster. I know Colin knows alot about cuttlefish and i hope someone can help. Thanks :D
     
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    Colin's definitely the cuttle expert, but I'll take a minor stab here...

    DARK grapelike things? I haven't seen ceph eggs, so far, that are dark-colored. That doesn't by any means imply they AREN'T eggs...I haven't seen many ceph eggs period! :P Are you familiar with bubble algae? I have some of those which are very dark green and round, and I guess can cluster.

    Any photo possible? That would help.

    rusty
     
  3. vegetell425

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    what ive read is that the cuttlefish injects ink into the eggs for camoflaze. Its way to big and develop way to fast for algae. So i believe its eggs. I cant tell you how many because when i noticed them this morning i was heading to school and im still here
     
  4. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Hi

    You are right about the ink in the egg. Thats what they do for camouflage.

    Most octopuses can store sperm for a long time an dthen the female can lay the eggs. However, I havnt read that about cuttlefish but i do think it is possible...

    Yeah, Im afraid that she will probbaly die quite soon, perhaps within a week or two, lets hope the eggs are viable!

    Colin
     
  5. vegetell425

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    man thats a downer. i really like her. I hope they are viable. Ive read they will hatch in 50 days and ive read 3-5 months. I dont know which to believe?Well i hope they are ill have 15 cuttlefish swimming around. Now that will be an exsperience of a life time.
     
  6. Colin

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    Its temp. dependent

    if it is warm water they hatch sooner... so both answers are right. What temp is your tank?
     

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