Cuttlefish Salinity?

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  1. frusyks

    frusyks Cuttlefish Registered

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    Cycled my tank with fish for 6 months, and just ordered a cuttlefish. I have my salinity at 1.026, is this correct for cuttlefish? I've raised Octos for a few years and always kept my salinity high for them, just wondering if this is correct for Cuttlefish.

    CHEERS!
     
  2. Paradox

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    1.026 is perfect!

    What kind of cuttle did you get?
     
  3. frusyks

    frusyks Cuttlefish Registered

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    I ordered from Ocopets.com, not sure what they have as of yet, sure I will find out sooner or later.
    Thanks for the reply, glad to hear I have the tank going good and solid. WIll keep ya posted!
    Cheers!
     
  4. DHyslop

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    Hope its a nice big tank!
     
  5. frusyks

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    Why? Are the Cuttlefish comming from Octopets.com growing large? I have a 55gal tank.
     
  6. DHyslop

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    I think Octopets sells S. officianalis. I'm not yet a cuttle keeper but I think they grow to somewhere around 18"?
     
  7. frusyks

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    Oh man, that is awsome! Good reason to get a bigger tank!
     
  8. DHyslop

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    I'd think it was much more awesome if I had a couple grand for a monster tank lying around! I'm really interested in getting some bandensis if the recent US supply is still around for a couple years, but bimacs are still my near future.

    Dan
     
  9. frusyks

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    I really liking the idea of a BIG cuttlefish! After raising four bimacs and one Hapalochlaena lunulata (Which was QUITE scarey!) it will be nice to have something with some size to it.
    As for the couple grand laying around to sponsor a bigger tank....Guess I should get back to work! I love home office!
     
  10. Paradox

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    I work from home tooo..But I have to admit most of the time spent is fiddling with the tanks and watching the cuttles!!
     
  11. William Tyson

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    im pretty sure octopets.com isnt selling banedensis yet so its prob oficiallis which do get big, and will actualy need a tank bigger then a 55 gal, they also need chillers generaly, ie 74-.
     
  12. frusyks

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    Keep the bad news comming, just good info to sell the wife on a bigger tank! (Shhhhhhhh)
    I Ghetto rigged my tank right undeneith the AC vent, so has cool air on it 80% of the day, temp is around 72 -74-. Should be sufficent...ya think? If I have to I'll rig up a line to the refidgerator and put a small pump to get a few Gal a day going through there.
    She will never know!
    YEAH!!!!
     
  13. William Tyson

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    72-74 is ideal, but they do need bigger tanks, a 55 will not be suficient
     
  14. frusyks

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    Your right! What is the growth rate for these? If I am correct, shuold have 3 months to set up and cycle a new tank with current water and substrate I have. I like this, time to get the little guy and tank going in a new setup with my ongoing tank.
    Fortunetly, I'm able to do this, I welcome the info from all, and let's see what we can produce!
    QUESTION: Build the "perfect" Cuttlefish tank! Let's do it!
    I HAVE: 55 gal tank, 6month cycled.
    Where do we go from there? I will send off info on H2O in the morning when I take it to ORMC and have it fully tested. Ask me what You want to know, This should befun! Up the Game!
    Paul
     
  15. William Tyson

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    it needs a sand bed about 1 inch deep, it will like live rock, but not too overly saturated, i would reccomend tonga branch, they naturaly live in gorgonia and sea fans, but will do just fine with macro algea, they do fine with corals, excluding anemones. they can be kept in breeding groups, can tolerate high lighting, what are your filter specs, lighting ect
     
  16. frusyks

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    Fun Fun Fun, The Sand bed is in place, along with min Live rock, I have the 50+ Gal tank cycled for the past 6 months. Sand is "Sugar Sand ", Salinity is 1.026. using a 20 gal wet/dry filter(little over kill...BUT...)extra Pro Skimmer. Have the tank setup below my AC vent, keeps the H2O between 72-74F. lighting, that I will change if needed, Lighting is: "Eclipse" f18T8 Nat ...I think should be down sized, with a timer at set at ??
    Nice start?
    all info will be helpfull!
    PB
     
  17. William Tyson

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    lighting is fine, i have MH on my cuttle tank, so you should be fine, there is no overkill on a sump, and everything else looks fine.
     
  18. William Tyson

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    i keep my timer set at 8 hrs during the week and ten on weekends
     
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    Octopets is selling officinalis from what I heard, In the wild, they normally reach 18" (ML) as previously stated,but in captivity they only get to about 1' . Even then, it will need a roughly 200gal tank.

    The ideal temprature is around 20 celcius If I'm not mistake. Not sure what that is in farenheit... As for salinity, 1.026 is good for them. Check out Colin's cuttlefish basics articles, plenty of stuff on officinalis.
     
  20. erich orser

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    Officianalis? I thought they raised bandensis there. Just went to the Octopets site - they have them simply listed as "cuttlefish".
     

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