Cuttlefish swimming?

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  1. Scuttlefwwwish

    Scuttlefwwwish Larval Mass Registered

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    Hi,

    We're currently doing some work looking at swimming in European cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis), we were wondering if anyone had any luck actually getting these guys to swim? - Ours seem to just settle on the bottom of the tank...

    Any suggestions on persuading them to swim would be greatly appreciated!

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    robyn Vampyroteuthis Supporter

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    What's the substrate? I feel like they are more inclined to swim if you don't give them sand or pebbles. How long do they need to swim for?
     
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    Scuttlefwwwish Larval Mass Registered

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    Thanks for the reply

    The tank we're trying to get them to swim in doesn't have a substrate, we thought they may be a little more exploratory, but it just seems to be the darker corner they go for...

    In terms of how long we'd like them to swim for it really doesn't need to be long - probably a minute at most
     
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    ekocak Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    I can't speak to officinalis specifically, but my Sepia bandensis seem to be more apt to swim around when there's total darkness. Also, failing that, when hungry. Most other times they sit on the bottom or crawl on the rock work.
     
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    How big is the tank? And what shape?
     
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    Scuttlefwwwish Larval Mass Registered

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    Thanks fr all the replies - we managed to figure this one out :)
     

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