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  1. SAZAMA

    SAZAMA Larval Mass Registered

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    been doing some lurking for a few months now, and have always wanted a cheph tank. My name is Tony I am from Denver Colorado and I have been keeping reef tanks for around six years now, but I am always somehow drawn towards chephs. Not sure if I will eventually do it or not, but I love to do research on anything I plan on keeping. I have been successful in the marine hobby so far and have been able to grow some nice corals. Other then that I was wondering where the best places to find octopuses or cuttlefish are? Is anyone in Colorado successfully breeding cuttles?
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    Welcome to tonmo! Sweet reef tank. I'm currently raising cuttles, but I just moved from FoCo to Des Moines.

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    Unfortunately, breeding cuttles is still a one-off occurance and you will only find captive bred on rare occasions (subscribe to the cuttlefish availability thread for email notifications of both captive bred and wild collected egg postings). The most typical keeper will start with wild caught eggs and may be successful with eggs from their tank raised hatchlings but we don't see continued generations ... yet.

    Tank bred octopuses are just not going to be available, now or anytime in the near future. The most common, easiest to raise are the large egg Gulf dwarfs (O. mercatoris). We have had two generations (WC female -> tank born hatchlings -> tank bred hatchlings) raised by several members but the survival rate has been only 4 or 5 for each brood and keepers opt to raise the surviving animals. Tank mating anything other than the mercs is problematic in both tank capacities and finding suitable mates. Additionally, only the large egg species have been successful (minimally) even from WC females. The most successfully raised hatchlings (again WC female, I don't know of a successful breeding attempt on TONMO) have been bimaculoides, however, these are very hard to acquire as they are primarily from California and may not be captured there and sold (they can be legally captured with a fishing license then used as bait, eaten or kept as a pet by an individual but not sold alive). Additionally, they require cold water (below 69 is best but viable at 72 for a shorter life span). We occasionally see hatchlings available once every couple of years. Most of our octos come either from south Florida or from Indonesia. The Indonesian animals are typically A. aculeatus or an undertermined nocturnal in the Macropus complex. From Florida, O. briareus with a sprinkling of O. mercatoris, O. hummelincki and O. vulgaris are most common (prior to the earthquake, O. hummelincki was also imported from Haiti). Subscribe to the octopus availability thread for octos for sale spottings.
     
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    SAZAMA Larval Mass Registered

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    thanks brother has been a passion for my family and I for a while now
     
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    SAZAMA Larval Mass Registered

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    have cuttlefish keepers been successfully kept with soft corals?
     
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    :welcome: to TONMO sazama!
     
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    Yes but you want to minimize the corals that have potent stinging cells or are fish aggressive so toad stools, kenya, xenia are better than most zoanthids and anemones. You might try to get Thales attention to see if you can get him to list the corals he has found to be harmless and/or too aggressive.
     
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    is thales a guys screen name?
     
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    Thales = TONMO moderator name for Richard Ross.
     

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