I've got cuttles!!!

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 :biggrin2:
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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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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Markushka;159963 said:
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.
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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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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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)









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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