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Hi Matt

yeah crabs especially will be great and if you are going to the hassle of looking for sand eels then a shrimp callled crangon can be found in the same areas which is even better

If you PM Mikey, he might still have some eggs from bandensis but think he already may have sold them all... not sure?

Also, if you have kept reefs then cephalopods should be fairly straight forward, just remember they produce a lot more waste and to use a filter to catch solid waste.

Big skimmer is good too :)

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cheers colin well where i live i can drive 10 minuetes to the coast and buy a bucket full of sand eels for bout £2.50 for loads and i mean loads and they keep them in seperated sizes so i think thatll be ideal also there are plenty of rock pools around there to so could kill to birds with one stone. Im also thinking of setting up a couple of 'feeder' tanks to keep the eels and crabs alive (2 seperated of course) what do you think of that ? I do like s bandensis they look so cool and cute , however i have been looking at some of the red species from japan like sepia erostrata, sepia kobiensis, sepia mestus, and sepia peterseni also metasepia pfefferi what do you think and where could i get them from ? also what do you think of bobtail squids ive seen a few (euprymna berryi and euprymna tasmanica) are they redilly available or will i have to speak to a local public aquarium etc what do you think ? cheers mate for all the info
 

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Hi Matt, sorry for delay in replying

I haven't used sand eels I wouldn't rely on them as being a suitable food for the cuttles long term, but ten minute from the beach has you on easy street... aim for crabs and shrimps.

I have a feeder tank set up for shrimps and crabs - its a 4x2x2 with an aquamedic 1000 and a couple chunks of live rock. I feed the shrimps and crabs on good quality fish flakes before i use them for the cuttles to pass on that in their diet. its a great idea to have feeder tanks and it doesn't need to be all that big, even one of those opaque tubs from B&Q will do, the ones sold as storage tubs.

I have only ever seen one from your list for sale and that was Metasepia - they are silly money and about £100 - 200!!!! Bear in mind that they might be a full grown adult with weeks to live too! Not worth it unless you can get eggs which I wouldn't guess are available anywhere... not yet

You could try Keith at Aqualogistix for Rossia if you like the bobtails etc

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cheers yaeh will think bout that have you got the web address for aqualogistix. as for the feeder tanks i was thinking a 36x18x18 with the new tmc v2 skimmers obviously a large one and some live rock (seperate system ) and one each for crabs and shrimps if i can find them do you have a pic of the ones you get or a descripition of where best to find them. what do you think and do you keep the crabs with the shrimps ? may be a silly question but gotta ask

thanx for getting back to me colin i really appreciate it
 

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was talking to Keith tonight from Aqualogistix and they forgot to pay the domain subscription so the site is down just now but will be back soon... he doesnt have any cuttles right now anyway. Its www.aqualogistix.co.uk

Re sand eels, i said i wouldnt rely on them, just mean that there may be reasons why the cuttles dont like them, maybe they taste nasty to cuttles or are bad for escaping like most eels or whatever, they might be fine but was just a cautious note... I have not heard of people using them before... worth a try but make sure you can supply lots of other things too :)

if you mean a pic of shrimp look here... http://www.marlin.ac.uk/species/Crangoncrangon.htm

i keep them on a bed of 1cm fine play sand from B&Q with some crushed coral to keep the pH up and about 10kg of live rock.

they eat flake food and seem to do well with high water movement. You catch them at low tide in ponds left after the tide goes out on a sandy beach near where a river enters the sea.

heres a pic of my feeder tank too

dont keep crabs with shrimps... they'll scran them!!! :)

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cheers colin at least now i know what im looking for when i go and get the live food i like the feeder tank too gives me some ideas thanks for all the info im definatly going to keep them hopefully in the new year (probably mid summer) so ill let you know how im getting on cheers mate il be popping in know and again so keep an eye out for me

cheers once again i really appreciate it
 



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