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Old 05/18/2016, 11:29 AM   #1
Mackenze
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Caring for a cuttle fish

So two months ago I bought a 99 dollar order from saltwaterfish.com. If you make it 99 or more on Fridays they give you free shipping, so i added a cuttle fish egg just to get over the hump and get that free shipping.
When the shipment arrives its all alive and well. I get my fish in the tank and i put the egg in a mesh type bag, before dangling it above a powerhead (good steady not too jerky movement)
1 month later the egg disappears and I forget about it.
But last week when i got home from a night out. I see the cuttlefish!!
He's white and a solid half inch ball. He's got a fantastic location/cave/spot, where I can see him anytime if I shine a flashlight in the cave.
I know on average they don't live longer then 6 months, But i wanna at least give him a damn good 6 months.
Feeding him live brine is proving difficult. I could poor half a cup with 10,000 live brine in my tank and I feel like he'd still only get a few bites.
Astonishingly I've witnessed this little guy eating a red Omega one sinking pellet food :O my Heniochus acuminatus (very picky eating fish) also eats this generic cheap stuff.
So all in all it seems this is turning into a happy ending.
Anyone keep cuttlefish? Whats your secret?


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Old 05/18/2016, 12:11 PM   #2
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Might check out Tonmo.com. Good info on anything cephalopod.


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Old 05/18/2016, 12:38 PM   #3
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Oh hell yeah! Thanks great website


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Old 05/18/2016, 03:11 PM   #4
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Oh hell yeah! Thanks great website
Glad i could help. I researched keeping an octopus some years back, but never pulled the trigger on one. Just too much time and effort for a critter that simply isn't going to live very long.


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Old 08/05/2016, 09:37 PM   #5
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Amphiopods are the best food for the baby cuttles. I used to breed them here is a video of me feeding them pods https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=k8PO6Xpw9eM. I used to harvest the pods from my chaeto.


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Old 08/20/2016, 10:55 PM   #6
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Ghost shrimp work well


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Old 04/07/2017, 01:38 PM   #7
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You could section off a large portion of the tank into a big fuge loaded with pods, which would drift over to feed the cuttle. Then, you just feed the fuge.


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Old 06/01/2017, 02:05 PM   #8
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Even vitamin enriched live brine is not enough nutrition for a growing cuttlefish.

I raised mine in my refugium. It was very easy to keep them contained, make sure they got fed and keep them safe from display tank conditions.


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Old 10/03/2017, 11:23 AM   #9
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I would love a cuttle fish!


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Old 12/07/2017, 11:07 PM   #10
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When can you get them off pods?


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Old 12/09/2017, 10:25 PM   #11
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My experience is
2 weeks minimum on live mysis (some of my cuttles have been willing to eat amphipods right away but the majority refused and would only eat mysis for the first 2 weeks)
1 month on amphipods
1 month on live grass shrimp (either fresh of salt, though I prefer salt since I can easily keep them in a separate refugium plumbed to the DT)
Then train them to eat frozen krill and its easy mode.


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