hears the new updated setup with lighted sump/fuge,skimmer,filter sock,cheato,the whole works. this should keep the water quality up and alow me to overfeed the mysids so they don't eat each other
I decided to keep the bubble filter up top to help with particle filtration because ill be using very little flow from the sump when the mysids are in the tank.
first batch of mysids was d.o.a. along with most of my cuttle eggs but I still had a few hatchlings in the bag that I had to try and feed so I orderd another batch of 500 from sachs wich showed up alive and well the next day.
so now after a little more that a weak I have around 100 baby mysids in the nursery side of the tank but im down to about 200-300 on the adult side having only fed about 50 to my cuttles so im thinking that just baby separation isn't going to be enuf to keep a self sustaining culture at least not with just one tank but at least im getting some return on my efforts and not just letting the babys get eaten and im still learning in the process and refining my system im thinking of adding a 10g grow out tank for the babys to be moved to for a few weaks before putting them back into the main adult tank unless they get fed to the cuttles first.
im finding this is a very labor intensive process and I don't think I have the ambition to continue it for very long without finding a way to improve my results and decrease canibalisum it's a good way to cut costs of raising a batch of baby cuttles slightly but my ambition for continuous breeding of mysids and cuttles is fading fast.
I would feel better about it if I had more than 2 cuttles to feed because id rather be feeding the mysids to cuttles that loosing them to canibalisum, even with 3-4 feedings a day I still se mysids attacking and eating each other and a single missed feeding will result in definite losses.
Thanks for attempting this - I always had a feeling that it wasn't worth the effort - and just had to bite the bullet on mysid costs in the beginning for cuttles. Raising cuttlefish is an expensive endeavor.
so today I scooped out the last of my adult mysids from the breeder tank to feed the cuttles then I started neting all of the ones that have collected in the baby collector side, by now the first generation of babys has grown into small adults so their wer no achual babys in their, im guessing by now they wer being eaten as soon as they come out of the tube. this is wear I believe a second grow out tankwould deffinetly be beneficial in increasing the yield of my little breeding program but with all this going on in my bedroom space for more tanks is minimal.
I think that after 2 weeks into the start of the breeding process the first batch of babbys should be removed from the nursery side to a growout tank or another breeder tank.
on the bright side I was surprised to find that I still had about 100-150 mid sized adult and juvenile mysids, some already visably carrying young so im feeling a little better about the project as a whole and im thinking it might be possible to raise my numbers back up again after the cuttles start eating frozen foods and possibly making some of my money back selling the mysids to local seahorse breeders.
at the very least I have managed to make a single order of 500 mysids last more than 3 weeks while keeping my cuttles well fed and that seems to be a lot longer than they last for most posters I have read about so im calling it a success
i'm planing on raising some cuttle hatchlings so i'm going to start a mysid culture to hopefuly breed all the mysids i need to feed the babbies.
useing info i got here http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2003/9/breeder i have made an acrylic devider/babbie seperator to install inside a 40g breeder tank, it uses 2 lift tubes from an under gravel filter wich are coverd on the end with 1000 micron screen to keep out the adult mysids and gently suck up the babbies and deposit them on the other side of the devider, the other half of the devider is 475 micron screen that should keep the babbie mysids in and alow the brine shrimp nauplii (food) to circulate through the tank.
i will use live sand and some liverock taken from my reeftanks to aid in filtration along with a small internal hang on filter with the intake screened off with the 475 micron screen, i'd like to plumb the mysid tank right into the sump with one of my reef tanks but i'm not shure if the reef peramiters would be ideal for raising mysids
i'm thinking of deviding the tank 3/4 for the adults and 1/4 for the babbies and posibly suspending a peice of eggcrate or drilled acrylic on some pvc legs in the adult side to create a kind of second floor to create more surface area.
i could realy use some input on ideal peramiters for the mysids, would they do well with reef peramiters or should i keep the system seperate?