New Cuttlefish Venture

oscar

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#1
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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reefer911

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#3
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
 

reefer911

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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
 

fluffysquid

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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?
 

fluffysquid

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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).
 

oscar

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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...
 

Nancy

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#9
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
 

joel_ang

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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.
 

oscar

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#12
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
 

oscar

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#13
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
 

oscar

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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!!
 

joel_ang

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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:
 

Colin

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#18
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 :)
 

oscar

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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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