S.Bandensis Cuttlefish - Just released the kids into main tank

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  1. MAKOOKAM

    MAKOOKAM Wonderpus Registered

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    Just released my three little monsters into the reef last night. All are doing well and I caught this one exploring when the lights came on this morning. I really see what Rich was saying now about how easy they can get "lost" in a large tank. Their camo is beautifully cryptic and very hard to see against the liverock. I'll post more (better) vids once things settle down. :)


     
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    Congratulations, fun video. I didn't realize the walking action was part of their movements. Learn something everyday.
     
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    Just like a little elephant. I dont understand what the "trunk" lifting behavior is about. Maybe someone will chime in.
     
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    Just be prepared to have a heart attack daily, because you can't find one of them... congrats to them (and you) on the move.
     
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    GREAT video, I don't remember one showing such a good example of their "walk". They do kind of remind me of stink bugs at this size though :wink:
     
  6. MAKOOKAM

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    More "walking" :)

     
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    Awesome. side stepping...
     
  8. MAKOOKAM

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    New video - xenia coral mimicry?

    I took this video last night. It looks like the cuttle is intentionally modifying coloration and tentacle movement to appear like the xenia corals he is hovering near. Theres some good movement towards the middle/end of video. Am I crazy? Anyone see this kind of behavior before?



    Also heres a video of one of my cuttles passing up a crab. It would have been a great strike video. Wish he wasnt stuffed from an earlier feeding!

     
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    Great videos. I especially like the one with the xenia, it does appear that your cuttle is imitating the coral.
     
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    The xenia video would certainly give the mimic a run for is money in the imitating department.
     
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    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    The pose of the cuttle in the xenia is a common one, so it is hard to tell if anything special is going on. I see them doing similar actions off an on regardless of position relative to any coral. I also can't tell what is going on with the color. Were you pointing a flash light at the tank too?

    Cool vid!
     
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    That was really cool!
     
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    Pic of one of the kids after a kill

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    Great Shot!
     
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    Thanks! Looking forward to taking many more. :)
     
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    Wow. I think this is the best cuttlefish pic I've ever seen.

    What camera / lens / settings?

    thanks for sharing.
     
  17. MAKOOKAM

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    Well thanks. :)

    Actually, i used my secondary camera (lumix fz7) which i hate. My canon has been DOA for the last 6 mos and I've been waiting to pick up a Nikon. That being said...

    Lens: 55mm macro
    Camera Make: Panasonic
    Camera Model: DMC-FZ7
    Flash Used: Yes (manual)
    Focal Length: 6.0mm (35mm equivalent: 36mm)
    Exposure Time: 0.025 s (1/40)
    Aperture: f/2.8
    ISO Equiv.: 400
    Exposure Bias: -0.33
    Whitebalance: Manual
    Light Source: Flash
    Metering Mode: center weight
     
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    beautiful shot
     
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    How old are your cuttles now? Great shot...really nice.
     
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    They are just over 2 months now. The last 2 hatched out at mid december.
     

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