[Cuttlefish]: My cuttle adventures (S.bandensis)

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  1. RalfP

    RalfP Pygmy Octopus Supporter

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    Hi all,

    finally I managed to take a few pictures of "Scooter".
    With flash at night :-(.
    Scooter is a (I think so by looking in its eyes) S. bandensis.
    I got it some days ago from a LFS, which ordered a bunch of S.bandensis eggs from a stocklist and got Scooter with about 2.5" length instead.

    A year ago, I split my coral(SPS) fragtanks from my livingroom-reef and built a separate system with some 65gal and a 120 tank in the basement.
    Scooter has it's own 65gal tank with LR and some Hermits/Snails now.
    It's still hidden (sleeping) at day and active at night.
    Maybe that's because there is still the 250w MH above the tank, that was fine for the prior kept SPS?
    Do you think it will come out at day, if I replace it with some bulbs about half of that wattage?

    It feeds well on living Palaemonetes varians shrimps, which I try to breed at the moment. (Started that last week in a barrel).
    It ate the first dead one last night. Hope it will get used to that.

    Having bred freshwater fish and also Clownfish, I would be happy to get some eggs in the future. There are a lot of people around, that'd like to keep their own cuttles. Would be great to have two genetic different lines and cross-bread. :hmm:
    Well, don't know if this will really happen, but in the moment I would be glad to "sacrifice" the other basement tanks to them ;).

    Ralf.
     

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    cuttlegirl Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    Cute!
     
  3. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Nice pictures. Lighting has been discussed and various brightnesses tried but no real conclusions as to daytime activity.
     
  4. RalfP

    RalfP Pygmy Octopus Supporter

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    Thanks,
    I'll try to reduce it. At least I will also reduce my energy bill with that. :smile:
     
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    mcmusashi5 GPO Registered

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    could you keep this species in a 50 gal tank
     
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    great photo's

    lance
     
  7. RalfP

    RalfP Pygmy Octopus Supporter

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    Thank you very much for your kind words on the pics.
    I'am not used to taking pics with flash in the dark,
    so these are out of focus.
    Think this will change in the future :smile2:.

    mcmusashi5,
    This article: http://www.tonmo.com/cephcare/cuttlefish.php considers a 30 gal, high tank as sufficient for a single animal of Sepia bandensis. In a lot bigger tanks, feeding can become a problem because the animal might not see it's food.
    I also read about S. bandensis being a very sociable animal, that should be kept in small groups. With that, I guess, a slightly bigger tank is needed?
    In this great article: http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2008-10/feature/index.php , the following sizes are mentioned:

    40 gallons 1-2 adult animals
    55 gallons 4
    75 gallons 6
    100+ gallons 8+

    Ralf
     
  8. mcmusashi5

    mcmusashi5 GPO Registered

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    i read that article but i wanted to confirm with tonmo:smile:
     

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