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hey guys im new here and have been keeping marines now for bout 4 years i also work with them here in the uk, however recently a guy has been coming in and saying hes breeding sea horses which yes i was interested in but, then on a mailing list i saw that they had sepia officicanalis for sale (yes i know i can go and catch them in the sea off cornwall ) however i was a wondering what the minimum tank size is to have a male and female and 2= is it a diferent size to get them to spawn.

how do they spawn are there any good books i can get that tells me how to keep and brred thse beautiful little critters

and also what equipment would i need to a = keep the parents
and b= keep the babies (minimum and maximum )

Are there any web sites on how to breed them does any one here know how to breed them

how long do they live for and does anyone think there is a market there to make it financially viable for me to do this as im not going to do it if there worth only £20 ( iam going to keep them even if there isnt a market )

i have read the cuttlefish care and FAQ questions but im after a little more and deadly serious bout bredding them if i can please help me out guys as i love these little critters

sorry if these seem like dumb questions but hey if im gonna do this im gunna do it properly so please help me cheers guys
 

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Hi and welcome to TONMO.com! :welcome:

A good start for you would be to read some of the Ceph Care articles. You'll find these by clicking on the Ceph Care button above, then scrolling down a bit. Keeping Cephalopods in Captivity and Before You Buy a Cuttlefish are two good ones.

Also, read past posts on Cuttlefish Q&A. Recently more people have been keeping S. bandensis, but earlier only S. officinalis was available.

Nancy
 

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cheers nancy

yeah i have read the care posts etc cheers and they are great for info i am having trouble taking it in so ill keep reading them what do you think bout breeding them is it possible ? and do you know of any books etc (including isbn numbers) cheers
 

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It's possible to breed them, but not easy because of the food and conditions required. Those who breed them spend a lot of time talking with other breeders and do a lot of planning before starting.

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Have you read the article by Righty ? His article is probably the most in depth that I have seen on cuttle breeding and raising young, and it is very well written.

http://www.stickycricket.com/cuttle/bandensis.html

This details s. Bandensis, however I would have thought that they are quite similar in requirements. It is a good place to start anyway.
He does mention s. Officinalis, such as tank size reccommended- 200 gallons for a single individual!

Maybe he might be able to point you in the right direction.
 

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cheers guys

no i havnt read the article righty has written but as soon as ive posted this i soon will cheers feelers. as for the food its not so much of a problem as here in the uk i live bout 15 minuetes from the coast so i can pick up live crabs shrimps and sand eels for them if i have to for free but thanx for the message nancy.
 

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Hi there, is it aqualogistix's site you seen the officinalis for sale on?

Yeah cuttlefish can be bred quite easily as long as you have a big enough set up. I'd suggest a minimum of a 6x2x2 for a pair and with somewhere else suitale to stick the female into in case she gets bullied too much.

getting a pair might be tricky and best bet would be to buy a small group and sex them out when you can... maybe a public aquarium down your neck of the woods would take spares? My spares went to Ireland.

Getting food from the beach is exactly what i do too, no problems so far
 

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Colin said:
Getting food from the beach is exactly what i do too, no problems so far
Just make sure to remove the bikini's first...they can choke on the little plastic bits.
 

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cool thanx colin would a diet of crabs and sand eels be enough or would you suggest something else also what other species would you suggest trying to keep as these do get big maybe the dwarf species ? and also where you think i could get them from cheers for the info
and yes cthulhu77 i will take the bikinis off dont want them to choke
 

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no i havnt seen them on aqaulogistix i didnt even know of that site but cheers any way do you have the address ? also im only thinking of it at the mo so im hoping to get setup in the next year or two so. What other equipment would you suggest having other than the usual marine stuff cheers mate
 

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