I want to raise Cuttlefish

Discussion in 'Cuttlefish Care' started by Mr Acurite, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. Mr Acurite

    Mr Acurite Larval Mass Registered

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2011
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    :cuttle:
    Hello
    I have been really interested in cuttlefish for a long time, and i would really like to raise them.
    I got a chance to do so last year, but my parents started saying "no" when they learned they needed live food.
    Instead, i went with option 2, getting a turtle, but it needed waaay to much space (like 5 ft x 5 ft) so i started applying for option 3, mice, which my parents said would smell to much and my cat would want to eat them.
    So, option 4 was cacti (yes, the plants). so i still have them, up in my room.
    However, i would really like to get Cuttlefish, i would like to find a way to either convince my parents to let me or to learn enough before college to be able to do it.
    I am willing to do just about anything to make this a reality, even if it means waiting.

    The Short of this all: please teach me about Cuttlefish
    (S. Bandensis)
     
  2. lilalancarey

    lilalancarey O. vulgaris Registered

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2009
    Messages:
    77
    Likes Received:
    6
  3. Thales

    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2004
    Messages:
    2,996
    Likes Received:
    69
  4. Mr Acurite

    Mr Acurite Larval Mass Registered

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2011
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    thank you all for your kind advice, and my mom said that as long as my grades stay good, and i acquire enough space (check), money (almost check) and experience or knowledge (kinda why im here) i could get them whenever i want.
    sorry for not posting earlier, my comp f'ed up.
     
  5. Mr Acurite

    Mr Acurite Larval Mass Registered

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2011
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    i have found a reliable source (NY Aquatics, i live in NJ) for cuttle eggs, and i have all the apparatus and chemicals and stuff for the tank, now all i need are some tankmates (hopefully can clean) and the tank itself (30 gal)
    any ideas for tankmates?
     
  6. CaptFish

    CaptFish Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2009
    Messages:
    2,832
    Likes Received:
    96
    Location:
    South Florida
    cool, a few members have used them(NYaquatics) to get their eggs.

    Snails, hermits, starfish make good mate/clean up crew.
    shrimps are fun but they can end up being a snack.

    a 30 gallon tank is fine for one cuttle, but larger is recommended for more than one:

    another thing to to keep in mind is the food. Cuttles require lots or expensive live food for at least the first two weeks, and then until you can wean them onto frozen food.

    i don't want to scare you with all this information I just want to make sure you are prepared to take on the task of keeping cuttles.
     
  7. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    19,076
    Likes Received:
    1,123
    Location:
    Gainesville, GA USA
    You will need to cycle your tank once you get it set up so expect to start saving for hatchling food while you wait :grin:
     

Share This Page