One of my cuttles is a Serial Killer!!

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  1. Paradox

    Paradox Haliphron Atlanticus Supporter

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    Out of my last batch of eggs, I had 7 babies. One grew much faster then the others. Recently I suspected cannabalism with the loss of the smallest baby. I woke up this morning to discover another dead and one with a big bite one him. Hiding in the corner was a really fat cuttle with a guilty look on his face.

    Hes now in a seperate jail cell.

    Perhaps I need to feed them more then once a day, but I think this guy has learned he can eat others. Or perhaps I shouldnt feed live shrimps at such a young age making them require larger prey.

    Sigh...he ate my favorite lil guy and brought my cuttle count to less then I desired.

    I hope I have eggs soon!
     
  2. cuttlegirl

    cuttlegirl Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    Sorry to hear about the "black cuttle" of your family. Is it incarcerated for life??? I think cannibalism has less to do with feeding live food and more to do with crowding and size of cuttle.
     
  3. Thales

    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Sorry to hear that!

    I have only had one incident, and it was after I hadn't fed in a couple of days. It might have to do with crowding and I did expand their territory after the event.
    When they are growing, I feed them more than once a day.
    This is what i found in my tank one morning;
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  4. Paradox

    Paradox Haliphron Atlanticus Supporter

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    I didnt really suspect the size of thier area to be the cause of the cannibalism. I feel they have enough space for they are pretty small still and have been out of the feeder nets for a while now.

    I am probably going to give the big cuttle to a friend who has been setting up a tank for a cuttle for 3 months now. Hopefully I wont have to worry about Murder again after this...
     
  5. William Tyson

    William Tyson Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    sorry to hear about you loss. how have your others been doing.
     
  6. bigGdelta

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    What did you name the killer? I suggest norman michael or freddie.
     
  7. chrono_war01

    chrono_war01 Colossal Squid Supporter

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    How about Rocky?
    (Since cuttles do look like rocks to the untrained eye...)
     
  8. bigGdelta

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    micheal meyers
     
  9. Paradox

    Paradox Haliphron Atlanticus Supporter

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    *hah..i havent named the guy yet. Ill probably leave it up to my friend/future owner.

    However, if he still has taste for blood, Im going to have to find some mini handcuffs..4 of them actually.
     

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