[Cuttlefish Eggs]: Dale's Dwarf Cuttles

monty

TONMO Supporter
Staff member
Supporter
Joined
Mar 8, 2004
Messages
4,887
Reaction score
11

cuttlegirl

Colossal Squid
Supporter
Joined
Sep 16, 2005
Messages
4,936
Reaction score
254
Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Are you able to feed the little ones? Maybe you want to try a smaller nursery so that the mysids/pods can't get too far away from the cuttle.
 

Animal Mother

Architeuthis
Supporter
Joined
Sep 8, 2006
Messages
2,370
Reaction score
12
3 babies swimming around as of now.

I am going to build 2 dividers and make 3 sections. I have been trying frozen mysis (tiny ones in a flat pack and PE mysis since they are large and intact) blown around with the baster a little and no sign of interest. After lights out though, the mysis draws pods from the chaetomorpha and rubble. I have been loading the nursery down with pods rendered from my other tanks. Every night I gather a couple dozen mid-sized gammarus amphipods and place them in the nursery. I tried pinching one with some forceps and holding in front of the cuttles so they can see it squirming but didn't get a response.
 

DWhatley

Kraken
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Sep 4, 2006
Messages
20,436
Reaction score
1,722
Location
Gainesville, GA
Did you see Paradox's feeder tree? Even if they don't feed on it right away, it would make it easier to remove food and they might start identifying it with food if smaller critters approach it.
 

Animal Mother

Architeuthis
Supporter
Joined
Sep 8, 2006
Messages
2,370
Reaction score
12
dwhatley;129396 said:
Did you see Paradox's feeder tree? Even if they don't feed on it right away, it would make it easier to remove food and they might start identifying it with food if smaller critters approach it.
I guess I didn't see that. Link me up.
 

DWhatley

Kraken
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Sep 4, 2006
Messages
20,436
Reaction score
1,722
Location
Gainesville, GA

Paradox

Haliphron Atlanticus
Supporter
Joined
Feb 18, 2005
Messages
722
Reaction score
7
Hey guys! We actually never made one. I recall Rich and I talking about it, but at that time, our cuttles were getting large and the need was not immediete, so laziness kicked in. Considering that we have 20+ hatchlings at the moment, its probably a good idea to revisit this idea!

I was thinking of making a cylinder shaped container and have a slight flow in the tank that will 'tumble' the shrimp to keep them suspended.

If anyone else has any ideas, Id love to hear it!

Your hatchlings may still not be interested in food. I had a hatchling that hatched 5 days before yours and did not take his first mysid until today.
 

Animal Mother

Architeuthis
Supporter
Joined
Sep 8, 2006
Messages
2,370
Reaction score
12
8 babies as of today. 1 egg left to hatch. 1 egg was a dud. Only casualty so far was the one that hatched during shipping. Not bad at all.

I placed one divider in the nursery, moved all the chaeto and most of the rubble to one side, left the babies on the other. I shook out most of the pods so that they are left with nowhere to hide, completely exposed and unable to escape. Most of the pods are gathering in a corner, like a buffet. The babies are showing interest in the pods and are a bit more active than the days before. One of them is noticeably larger than the rest, two of them are noticeably smaller than the rest. I will begin seperating them as I see how they fair.
 

Similar threads




Forum statistics

Threads
19,587
Messages
203,022
Members
8,468
Latest member
sundance

Monty Awards

TONMOCON IV (2011): Terri
TONMOCON V (2013): Jean
TONMOCON VI (2015): Taollan
TONMOCON VII (2018): ekocak

About the Monty Awards
Top