New Cuttlefish Venture

Discussion in 'Tank Talk' started by oscar, Oct 3, 2004.

  1. oscar

    oscar Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    I have been reading and posting on tonmo for around a year wishing and wishing i had a tank - now the time has come. After checking the trading post every day for a year i have placed an offer on a tank and just wanted some comments.

    Specs. are:

    5'x2 1/2'x2'
    large sump (3x2x2.5) with assorted media (trickle down stack style)
    some liverock (i am planning on getting some more)
    some mushrooms
    a rose anemone (sell it? or can i keep it?)
    skimmer
    uv steriliser
    2 powerheads
    mature plenum
    nice cabinet (the doors are painted a hideous colour but i have some replacements) lol :lol:
    no copper!!!

    i am hoping for some bandensis or metasepia pfefferi but a pharaoh is looking more likely? they grow to around 30cm if raised from eggs according to the NRCC where i am planning on gettin them from

    is the tank big enough?
    is anything missing?
    any comments?

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  2. oscar

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    oh yeah, it comes with halides
     
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    Halides are some of the stongest lights out thier and might be to bright. They are great for a reef tank but im not so sure about ceph's, How many halides and how many watts
     
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    ohh yeah sounds like a great deal how much is it costing you (if you dont mind) and the rose anenamie are very cool and quit expensive but i dont think they will work in you tank. Could sell them and make a good profit im guessing. They run about $90

    Drew
     
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    umm its $700 australian dollars

    halides are mixed wattages...ill try them anyway...

    is it big enough?
     
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    Pharoah cuttles get huge. How many gallons is that tank? I dont think it'll be big enough.

    ya dont want them bumping into the walls all the time :(

    did you say the NRCC is letting you have one of theirs? How'd you pull that off?
     
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    Though other people might offer different opinions on the pharoahs and tank size... personally i think they need lots of space because of their size (and because their cuttles).
     
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    the NRCC sells both european and pharaoh cuttles in all sizes or eggs to the public.

    My tank is 5ft x 2.5ft x 2ft (not sure how many gallons???)

    would a few people suggest a size requirement please...
     
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    I don't really believe they sell them to the public, unless things have changed within the last few months.

    The NRCC is a part of the University of Texas Medical Branch and provides cephs to researchers and people affiliated with educational institutions, not to the general public.

    Nancy
     
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    oh ... really... thats bad news

    i'll check it out just in case!!!

    thanks Nancy
     
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    Never knew they sold to the public. If I'm not wrong they only sell to educational institutes.

    5ft for a 30cm cuttle isn't too bad, it could be 160g. But don't take my word for it, was just an estimate.
     
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    yeah... your right!!

    I re-read the page and almost broke into tears...lol

    Considering i am looking at keeping a few cuttles, i am probably looking at something smaller like bandensis or mestus or even metasepia pfefferi if i can get hold of them that is!!! :bonk:

    thanks for your help
     
  13. oscar

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    I GOT MY TANK!!!

    the move went surprisingly smoothly, ill post pics as soon as the water clears up and i fix it up a bit - give me two weeks. :wink: i have to get cabinet doors redone, a suspended wooden light box thing made and a hood made!

    my pockets feel lighter already!!!

    very happy with my aquisition
     
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    sorry, i had to edit this post out
     
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    I am planning on stocking up my tank with corals and stuff while i wait a few months before getting a cuttle...even though i brought all 660litres of the water with me in the move! i have some questions about tank mates for a cuttle as i dont want to have to get rid of them all when the time comes.

    Australian Sea Apples? very cool and cheap locally (in Australia)?

    Nudibranches - lots of local and cool varieties... but will they poison a cuttle?

    Star fish should be ok...right?

    pencil urchins - i prefer them to spiny and purple varieties anyway! are they ok?

    Is there anything else really cool i can keep with it?


    that what i said too collin!!
     
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    I think Colin kept sea apples with his cuttles too, maybe he could answer that. I don't know it nudibranches release toxins so i can't really help on that either. Starfish should be fine and its best that the urchin be blunt-spined, A cuttle jetting into a sharp one won't be a pretty sight. :goofysca:
     
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    I think that the sea apple is a very good choice but they can be tricky... however, the best one i have ever seen was at Joel said, in my cuttle tank and it grew quite large.. i think that the waste floatimng about from a cuttle munching a crab serve it well :)
     
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    wow, i just got completely put off sea apples reguardless of how cool they are!!! :(

    I read on several web sites that if they are stressed or die, they will kill everything in the tank!!! Ahhhh! :x

    bummer, how hard are they to keep alive? - and what do you think of nudibranches?
     

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