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Crevalle

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Ok, I've been wondering this for a few days now (after watching an interesting show on the San Francisco coastal waters): why are squids never available or kept as pets? Is it because they would ink immediately? They look so gracefull and interesting.
 

NickA5582

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Cause squid suck in tanks, you need a big non transparent cylinder tank to keep one and can jet faster than cuttles can, I think.
 

ant

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awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww its so cute :o great now youve got me liking squid
 

Jean

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The huge problem with many squid is that they are immensely difficult to keep alive in captivity and require systems that are well beyond the means of most home aquarists. Loliginid squids, like the market squids and the Sepioteuthis Steve and Kat are raising have been held (At Galveston and of course Auckland!) but the more open ocean species haven't. We tried to keep Nototodarus sloanii alive but with little success (the longest lived for a week) They need specialised tanks (& even as a marine research lab we didn't have them) and mega amounts of food (live and kicking!!!) basically they need to been swimming in a soup of food!....right Steve??

Cheers

J
 

NickA5582

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Yeah 2 years, but they don't glow like Es do. :rainbow:
I'm just using my 20 gallon and am selling some of my rock so there is more room for them to bury and more money for my chiller.
 

NickA5582

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None, had a bimac a few weeks ago though, I kept him for five months successfully then stopped eating and a crab snipped his leg off, then a stupid heater mistake finished him off.

I'd need both (heater and a chiller for a bimac), in the summer my tank was 80 degrees F, in the winter it goes down to the lower 60s.
 

Burstsovenergy24

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Because I have my tank in the basement it's a rather stable temp. The hot air comes upstairs so it never gets above about 75° F. The temp. down there now with no heater is about 45°F. :shock:
 

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I've tried getting squid before but they die pretty quickly out of water it seems. Its not easy catching them in a container when you're about 4 metres above the waves. :( They are also more prone to inking and can jet at a very high speed which can cause some bad butt burn in tanks.
 

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Well, since im so high above the water, we used a net attached to a long pole, the squid would ink like mad once it out of the water, after putting it in a fiberglass container, it perished after 2-3 minutes.

I guessed that the only way was to either get into the water with the squid to catch them in containers, or attach a container to the pole and scoop the squid up. But that would be pretty hard due to weight. The pole itself weighs about 40 pounds. it might sound light but its 7 metres long and can be awkward to handle. :(
 

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