Sick cuttlefish

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  1. DHyslop

    DHyslop Architeuthis Supporter

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    I woke up this morning to find a very sick Chubbs. He's maintaining a pale white color, will not accept food and avoids swimming under his own power. He drifts through the tank on the current until he finds his way into a stable spot. I put in a big piece of algae and helped him grab onto it.

    Tank parameters are all pretty much normal. No ammonia or nitrite, trace of nitrate. Temperature is currently 78 degrees, SG 1.026, pH slightly low at 8.1. His tank mate Checkers shows no sign of trouble.

    Chubbs is the larger, stronger cuttlefish. He didn't eat his frozen food last night and was too sick to even notice live food this morning. He shows no sign of any injury.

    Any ideas?

    Dan
     
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    marinebio_guy Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    It could be old age. Whenever I've seen a cuttlefish float at the surface and not accept food they will usually die shortly after.
     
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    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    no advice, but :fingerscrossed: for Chubbs
     
  4. DHyslop

    DHyslop Architeuthis Supporter

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    He's not floating at the surface, but seems to be neutrally buoyant. He's about 5 months old. If this is old age I'm disappointed because I expected a little more time with them!

    I just got back from my LFS who confirmed with their expensive test kits that my water is pristine.

    Dan
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    I hope he pulls through. I've gotten rather fond of Chubbs from afar.

    Nancy
     
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    Some indications of old age are loss of the ability to regulate bouyancy, they sometimes also let there tenticles and arms hang down. Anyway, if all of your parameters are ok it will be hard to determine what it could be . Often when cuttle are starved they will float not that I'm saying yours is its just the only other thing that could cause bouyancy problems. Six months is a little on the short end as far as life span but it could be possible.
     
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    :sad: Oh no... hang in there Chubbs, your brothers and sister are pulling for you in Pennsylvania. It does sound like old age though, I don't think you did anything wrong.
     
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    Keeping fingers crossed also for Chubbs.....(Love that name)....
     
  9. DHyslop

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    RIP Chubbs

    [​IMG]

    We buried him in the yard.
     
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    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    :sad: RIP Chubbs
     
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    :angel: :cuttle: RIP little guy... Here is my attempt at an angel cuttle for you...
     

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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    I'm so sorry. RIP Chubbs.

    :angel: :cuttle:

    This has been a bad week for cuttles - we heard about Lazarus earlier this week. :sad:

    Nancy
     
  13. Paradox

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    sorry to hear that...

    Ive had this happen a couple of times and never found an explanation for it. Its very frustrating to attempt to keep such a controleld environment and have something like this occur where you cannot determine the cause.
     
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    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Sorry to hear about it.

    Get used to it everyone, its that time of year. Many of the cuttles owned by people on TONMO were hatched around the same time, so they will prolly go out around the same time.
     
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    RIP Chubbs. :cry:
     
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    this has been a bad week for cuttles, sorry about chubbs
     
  17. DHyslop

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    What would you say your average life expectancy has been? I'm a little surprised if its six months, because I hadn't considered my cuttles to even be fully grown.

    Dan
     
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    Earliest Ive seen mine go would be around 5-6 months. The longest ones went 10-11 months. The largest Ive had from an egg to adulthood grew to about 2.5 to 2.75 inches.
     
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    He was about 1.5" ML, maybe a bit over 2" overall. I'm also surprised by the rapid onset. No signs of trouble even 24 hours before he died. Perhaps I was expecting a drawn-out senescence like an octopus.

    [​IMG]
     
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    My experiences have been quick deaths as well. I may notice something a day or two before and then they die.
     

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