I've got cuttles!!!

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  1. Markushka

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    I had gotten some eggs from Joe (snowmaker) last thursday, and just tonight while doing my night time rounds, I peeked into the breeder net the eggs were in and.... I HAVE CUTTLES!!! two little hatchlings!!! of course, first thing I did was put some live mysis in. Now for a few questions.

    How many mysids should I be putting in the net at a time, and how often?

    Should I separate the hatched cuttles from the eggs and should I further separate each hatched cuttle?

    How do I tell hatched eggs from unhatched... will it be obvious? and should I remove hatched egg casings?

    Is there any other suggestions you can give me?

    I just want to do this right. Ok i'm off to bed now I'll check in again in the morning. Thanks in advance :D
     
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    I try to keep our List of Our Cuttlefishes current so if you could record the number of eggs received and the number of hatchlings, I will add it to your posted link. Thanks!
     
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    They will be fine together for several weeks.
    Just feed them, I'd say at least 3 or 4 mysids a day, or at least give them the option to eat that much.

    The guy at ARO (mysid shrimp farmer) said his 2 hatchlings, 1 week old ate around 100 mysids in a week. At that age I think mine (2 hatchlings) got 30 - 40 per week
     
  4. Markushka

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    One of them escaped into the display. he'll be alright, just macros in there. I'll have to catch the little bugger tho to feed him.

    Dwhatley, I got 5 eggs from snowmaker, had two hatch, and one more is visible in the egg. I'll keep you updated.

    Thanks guys.
     
  5. Pie

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    What type of cuttles are they?
     
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    found him :). they are s. bandensis, the dwarf cuttles.
     
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    Nice, those are one of my favorites!
     
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    Thanks, I think they are awesome! already changing colours between white and red to match either the net or the macro.
     
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    So, Any updates?
     
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    Another one hatched! today I think. I may have seen him hatch but i'm not sure. and they are eating! still no pics, I'll get to that sonner or later.
     
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    Can't wait to see the pictures~
     
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    Uh, I have a question. I had 4 eggs hatch, but have 5 cuttles. least I believe the fifth egg hasn't hatched. Is such a thing possible as 2 cuttles in one egg?
     
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    Ok nevermind, the last egg had hatched, it just didn't look like it did, so I have 5 cuttles from 5 eggs.
     
  14. Pie

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    Congrats on all of them hatching
     
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    Thanks, now the real work starts :)
     
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    Duly noted in the cuttlefishes list :grin: 5 of 5 are great numbers
     
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    Props to Joe for a great batch!
     
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    Perhaps the percent of fertile eggs has something to do with the females' diet. I know the first batch had miserable hatch rate. After I saw that she was laying eggs, I started putting more food to the adults, and hatch rate climbed.
    There are probably many more variables I haven't considered, but willing to venture a guess that the adults nutrition has something to do with it.
     
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    pics mark or this is all a sham! lol
     
  20. Markushka

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    Ok, ok. here are pics from their first photoshoot, made possible by the generosity of Rryyddeerr :) (lent me a breeder net w/ an acrylic pane for viewing)

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    Sorry guys thats the best I could do. I'll be taking them out of the tank for a few minutes tomorrow for maintenance. Hopefully i'll be abele to get clearer shots then.
     

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