cuttlefish eggs??

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  1. KDS

    KDS O. bimaculoides Registered

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    Hi, I just got some eggs and I was wondering if anyone could tell me how soon they might be hatching out. Some have the black layer completely pealed away; while, the others still have it. Also, is there any way to tell if the babies are even alive. I can see the ones in the clearer eggs perfectly, but aren't they suppose to be moving?
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    magikceph O. vulgaris Registered

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    are they little puffy cause that means the embyro is developing, is they are scrunchy and shribbled up they wwont hatch soon.
     
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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    As they mature you should be able to see the eyes, it's called eyeing up also you will start to see the chromatophores sometimes even changing shape! Very cool, I've seen this with octopus and sepioloidea eggs.

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    wow, i never new the eggs could change color. and shape, seriously awesome.
     
  5. KDS

    KDS O. bimaculoides Registered

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    THEY HATCHED!!!!!!!! I got up this morning and there were two tiny cuttles resting at the bottom. They are changing color, swimming, jetting around, and one spit out his yoke. Goodness, I am so nervous. I was not expecting them to hatch for another week!
    KDS
     
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    COOL!!!!!

    Congratulations!
     
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    Congratulations, now comes the nail-biting part! Good luck getting them to eat!
     
  8. KDS

    KDS O. bimaculoides Registered

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    I have never had baby cuttles before, so I don't know what is normal. I put some copepods in there and they won't eat. Also, how active are they suppose to be? They have not moved around much since this morning. Is it because they are nocturnal, shy/scared, or are they dying?
     
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    They may not feed immediately, when we hatch out Sepioloidea they don't, it may be they still have some yolk on board. Thales or Cuttlegirl should be able to give you more info.

    J
     
  10. Thales

    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    When they are small the generally aren't active because being active gets them eaten. Sometime you don't see them move at all for the first few days. I have always been of the opinion to leave the live food in with them so they can eat when they are ready. What kinds of copepods did you put in with them, and in what are you keeping the baby cuttles?
     
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    If you can, give them a bit of algae to hide in... You can try offering amphipods or mysids too.
     
  12. Thales

    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    I have found copepods only to be a good food for the first couple of days, and I mostly like them because you can get some to keep in the fridge for that unexpected hatching. Mysids or amphipods are a much better food in general.
     
  13. G*S KING

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    OK OFF TOPIC BUT MY OCTO WONT EAT ANYMORE SHOULD I GET HIM LIVE CRABS CAUSE HE SEEMED TO LOVE THOSE BEFOR AND HE STOPED EATING FROZEN STUFF
     
  14. Jean

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    You can get some live crabs and try. How old is s/he? As they reach senescence (old age) the appetite tapers off to nothing and the end is nigh :cry: Hopefully s/he is just bored with the diet.

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  15. KDS

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    I got some tigger-pods like you suggested in my other thread. I am keeping the baby cuttles in one of those plastic critter keepers with holes drilled into the sides (my dad made sure the holes were small enough not to let the babies out yet still provided good water flow). We attached it to the side of the aquarium, so it is not moving around at all.
     
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    Great! I would switch to mysis or amphipods very soon.
     
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    congragulations on your baby cuttles.:baby: i hope you hve fun with them.
     
  18. KDS

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    A third cuttle hatched out last night. I got some algae (after searching all over town) and put in there, but they have not gone over to hide in it yet. Their activity level is up from yesterday; however, they are still not eating (I am keeping the tigger-pods in there at all times). I have mysis and amphipods coming in the mail. I would have had them already, but I was not expecting the eggs to hatch four days after I got them.
     
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    :grin: You know those babies, they never do what you want them to do!!! But, that said, anyone ordering cuttlefish eggs should have the food available at the same time they get the eggs, so that you are prepared. Kind of like making sure you have diapers before you bring the baby home from the hospital...
     
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    KDS, Where did you get the eggs?
     

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