Keeping multiple species of cutttle...

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Vampyroteuthis
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#2
I'm thinking that maybe the big discrepancy in size might result in officinalis dining on bandensis, but I'm no cuttle expert. It just seems that cephs don’t have a discriminating palate. Good question!

Cheers!
 

Paradox

Haliphron Atlanticus
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#3
Yes, Im not actually considering this, but this was a question ive always wondered. I know theres not much information about keeping cuttlefish yet, since the hobby is still within its infancy. Hell, the common knowledge up until maybe 6 months ago was that you should keep cuttles seperate and by themselves. I think this was a carry over from octopus keeping for recent tonmo members have shown they do fine in groups.

My officinalis is currently at 2 inches and my small horde of bandensis range from 3/4 to 1 1/4 inches.
 

Thales

Colossal Squid
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#5
Paradox said:
Yes, Im not actually considering this, but this was a question ive always wondered. I know theres not much information about keeping cuttlefish yet, since the hobby is still within its infancy. Hell, the common knowledge up until maybe 6 months ago was that you should keep cuttles seperate and by themselves. I think this was a carry over from octopus keeping for recent tonmo members have shown they do fine in groups.

:D

It seems true that groups that were raised together do fine together, but it is still important to not put adult, wild caught cuttles together (at least bandensis)!

I know you know this, but I am just adding it to hopefully prevent a future disaster!

:D
 

Paradox

Haliphron Atlanticus
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#6
Main board-Yes, they are hours of endless entertainment!! I have a group of 7 bandensis and one juvenile oficinalis, which I will need to find a new home within a month or so, because I will not be able to house it..

Hey Righty!!I have some of your eggs hatching! I forgot how small they are as newborns! Guess its Pod collecting time again. I need to hire a kid with too much time on thier hands to collect pods and crabs for me... I have a friend that decided he was interested in trying to raise a group of cuttles. Do you have any more available or have they all been adopted?
 

Colin

Colossal Squid
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#9
I have kept both species and would say that officinalis are much more aggresive at feeding and would likely try to eat bandensis, especially since they grow a lot faster too.

I haven't seen bandensis to be as voracious as officinalis. Bandensis are much easier to maintain in a 'friendly' group
 

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