flamboyant cuttlefish

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Hi Severine, as far as feeding them how much do you feed? One is about 1 1/2 inches and other is 1 3/4 inches. I have been feeding gut loaded ghost shrimp. Is that ok and what else to feed?I have taken care of numerous Octopus but this is my first try at cuttles. Also do males and females start off at same size? Cause one is growing faster than other and they are eating the same. Just trying to distinguish if i have a male and female. Thanks Tom
 

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It sounds like you might have a pair, but they are still quite small. You won't be certain until you see mating behaviors/a female guarding eggs.

As far as food, I was only ever successful getting them to accept ghost shrimp. It's good that they are enriched. They should be each time they are fed out. I don't know where you sourced them from, but you can try different foods and see. I wouldn't try live brine though. As far as amounts, you should keep offering food until they are full, 2-3x a day. They will eat more as they get bigger. Females, at least in my experience, were bigger than the males if that helps you any. But you could also have the same gender and one is just more competitive. It'll likely be a wait and see scenario. They do tend to be the same size for a while.

Here is an article you can use. It helped me a lot. It's a compilation of different articles, but it discusses Flamboyants as well. Brett pioneered the husbandry for these guys and has a lot of great information in there about them.

http://drumandcroaker.org/pdf/2014.pdf

Good luck with them and please reach out if you have any more questions. They are a very challenging species but incredibly rewarding as well.
 
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The flamboyants that I was raising were eating mysis shrimp at least three times a day. When they got bigger and I moved them to ghost shrimp they seemed to only want one shrimp every other day. The adults that were breeding would take two ghost shrimp a day or one peppermint shrimp a day. Some of them would take more if I gave it to them, but they were all fine and healthy and breeding/ laying fertile eggs with one peppermint shrimp a day.
The way I sexed them when I was choosing breeders was by size. The males were smaller than the females. I was to put 4 females and two males together for breeding. I was really worried that I wouldnt get fertile eggs. That I wouldnt choose any males, but sizing them up against the othrrs worked pretty well. The ones I chose to be males, the smaller ones, were in fact males. The larger ones were the ones laying the eggs. These were on cuttlefish no larger than two to three inches.
 

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As far as lighting, they didnt seem to mind bright lighting, or low lighting either way.
We had as many as ten housed together at a time and we never saw any aggression between the flamboyants. Guess thats why I was so shocked to see it from my dwarfs.
 

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Ok thanks for your help. Here is a video of them at feeding time i have been feeding them a little after i turn the lights on. One is growing faster than the other with just about the same amount of food. i have my fingers crossed that might mean she is a female. Thanks Tom
 

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