[Cuttlefish Eggs]: Trying yet again at Daisy Hill

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  1. Thales

    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    With the dismal failure to produce fertile eggs with my recent batch of bandensis, I have just received two clusters of about 10 eggs each of wild caught eggs to give it another go. My hope is to post some pics and some info on progress at least once a week. :grin:

    The eggs arrived this morning and are acclimating now. Several hatchlings were sans egg, and swimming around. I have collected some amphipods to give to them, and 500 mysids will be arriving in the morning.

    Here are a couple of acclimating shots:
     
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    :fingerscrossed:
     
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    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    One cluster had 3 hatchlings and 5 full eggs, while the other had 5 hatchlings and 6 full eggs.
     
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    :baby::baby::baby::baby:
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    Ah... the late night feedings, burpings and diaper changes, how well I remember... oh wait, that's me... :bonk: you only have late night feedings and water changes. :grin:
     
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    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Ok, so maybe every two weeks! Damn, I hate ordering mysids!

    There are 22 babies:
     
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    Ohhhh, your babies are so cute!
     
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    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Not as cute as yours!
     
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    Wow.
     
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    Nice pics!
    What's the size of the little ones when they've just hatched?

    Nancy
     
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    They are around 1/4 inch.
     
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    About the size of a small pea...
     
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    My mom says they look like orange seeds.
     
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    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    1/4 inch or so when hatched. About 1/2 inch now (below). Did I mention I love flashes and a macro lens?
     
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    Everytime I swear I am not spending more money on a camera, you take shots like this and I blow an interesting event! I took an hour of flash photos and my autofocus wouldn't. My Mercs mated for a second time (not likely to have a second hatching but interesting all the same)and I would dearly love to have had at least one decent photo of the event:mrgreen:
     
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    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Awww. :smile:

    I would guess you were also trying to shoot in minimal light, not so easy with any camera!
     
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    Not only minimal but red light. The view finder only shows pixilated red and black with absolutely no definition, I have to manually point the camera (by aiming the lens not using the view finder or LCD screen then find a rough landmark in the blur). I do occassionally get a focused picture but last night it just would not cooperate!
     
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    Saw that picture on the BAR site...That macro is insane. It looks like a mature bandensis!

    It takes me 1000 pictures to get one decent one!
     
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    Glad I'm not the only one!

    And just to note I do not like flash. It messes the colors up!
     
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    That cuttle does look like a mature bandensis! Pretty neat I think. I'll try to get a shot of it from a distance for comparison sake. :smile:

    One of the secrets to quality in aquarium photography is quantity! Just the way it is. :grin:
    Flashes bring their own host of issues, one of the most important is white balance. Sadly, with many all in one cameras, your ability to tweak those settings is limited and you end up with not so great results. FWIW, I use a remote flash so I get yummy, dramatic, non reflective results and I can also move the flash further away to change the intensity. I adjust white balance with a nifty thing called an expodisc. Basically, you take a picture through the expodisc (its like a lens filter) and then set white balance to that picture. The bestest advantage to a DSLR IMO is the ability to shoot in RAW. RAW allows easy tweaks to things like exposure and shadow quality - really pretty amazing.
    Well, that was blathering! It just nice to ramble at a non sick little girl (guess what I have been doing the last two days!)
     

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