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  1. craigl

    craigl O. bimaculoides Registered

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    I have a 30 gallon cube that has been cycling while i was trying to figure out what will be going in it..Being the SPS nut that i am i was originally planning to have yet another SPS tank :) So, i added the rock, skimmer, fuge, and PC lights which have been in the closet collecting dust but, i figured id break them out to keep some color on the rock till i decided what i was putting in the tankl and what lighting demands those creatures would have.... This time i went with a bare bottom tank which brings me to my questions....
    After reading the articles stickied to the top i have noticed that it says cuttles like to dig in the sand but a DSB may not be a good idea. I also noticed it said they dont like intense lighting. I have seen a few people on here which seem to have a good grasp on cuttles keeping these animals with montiporas, acroporas, and other corals with a demand for high intensity lighting. So, i was wondering what may be the best idea for lighting a cuttle tank? T5 HO, metal halide/T5 combo? straight metal halide with no supplement lighting? My other question is would a barebottom tank pose any issues? Finally, i know Octo's are know escape artists...are cuttlefish the same? would a lid be in my and the cuttles best interest?
    Thanks in advance, I am just trying to get the setup "dialed in" before welcoming any new inhabitants.
     
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    craigl O. bimaculoides Registered

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    oops nevermind the part about escaping haha! i just went back and re-read the article and must have not processed that part the first time through...
     
  3. Thales

    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    The species you are likely to get, S. bandensis, digs, but not enough to get me to worry about them with a DSB.

    Truth is, not many people have kept them with MH. For the last 4 or 5 years, people have been interested in understanding them better so they have mostly been is species only tanks. The thought has been that the bright light could effect their sensitive eyes. Recently, some people have kept them under MH with seemingly no problems.

    I would go with a thin layer of sand. When they are young, they seem to very much like the sand.


    :grin:
     
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    pardon my ignorance, but what is DSB....deep sand bed?
     
  5. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    you got it
     

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