Anywhere to buy dwarf cuttlefish?

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Animal Mother;130629 said:
I'm considerably experienced with octopuses and this is my first batch of cuttle babies I'm raising now. It IS NOT easy to raise them, and it IS NOT cheap to raise them. I've spent $90 in the past 10 days on just food for them, and half of my babies have died.

You got eggs if I am correct though? I was talking about him getting the three month olds that Thales and Paradox have for sales sometimes, or maybe it was a one time thing? That are already weened on to frozen food, I was definetly not saying they were any easier, just that you could get ones that were already weened onto frozen food.
 
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Cephman;130653 said:
I found a website that is called liveaquaria they sell a 100 pack of white shrimp for $28-which comes with a live arival gaurentee and 14day gaurentee. They also sell corals at reasonable prices.:heee:

I'm a fan of LiveAquaria. I've looked at their feeder shrimp before. I've also noticed that those feeder shrimp aren't in stock very often, they aren't in stock right now. You would be better off with www.aquaculturestore.com shore shrimp if you're going with those. They are never out of stock.

Like D pointed out, there's no guarantee that 100 shrimp are going to live long enough to fed alive. Of course if the cuttles are already eating frozen foods then you can just freeze the leftovers.

There is no cheap long-term solution though.
 
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Cephman;130654 said:
Yes. My aunt use to have one and I helped her feed the inhabitants and clean the filter and other equipment.

You need to get some experience with a salt water tank by yourself. Helping someone else take care of a tank is not the same as doing it by yourself.
 
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Cephman;130678 said:
I'm not sure if I want to buy from them because they don't offer a full refund. But if this is where you bought your eggs then I guess I should.

They are pretty much the only source for dwarf cuttles in the USA. Not a bad thing either, considering they offer eggs and babies, and they are hobbyists who love what they do and aren't in it to make a buck. The money they make is hardly profit considering how much it costs to obtain them in the first place, then feed them until someone buys them. Their refund policy is quite fair considering they do everything they can to offer healthy specimens. They don't know what your water parameters are, how experienced and capable you are, or if you even have a proper setup to house them, etc. And you have to consider that most websites that sell cephalopods don't offer ANY kind of refund on cephs because they are so delicate.

You might find a single cuttle for sell on LiveAquaria every 6 months or so, and they're usually fully grown or close to it. Considering they only live for about a year, buying an adult isn't a very good option, especially at $149 each like LiveAquaria charges for them.
 

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cuttlegirl;130679 said:
You need to get some experience with a salt water tank by yourself. Helping someone else take care of a tank is not the same as doing it by yourself.

Well I am pretty sure I'll be capable of taking care of dwarfs because I have done more reading than I have to about them.
I also know a TON about corals-especially xenias and acropora which are some of the ones I plan to keep.
PS. I have $2,800 to spend on all of the things I need.
 
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Believe you me, the reading helps, but isn't everything. The first tank I set up without any prior experience was pretty much a bust, my nitrates were high, I couldn't figure out how to get them down, I rushed through it and didn't plan well. I am now on my third tank which is a 50 gallon before I move to my cuttlefish system which will be over 200 gallons. I strongly suggest you buy the 300 gallon you were talking about, and keep it as a reef tank with fish, etc. for about 6 months at least. Then sell all of the fish to your LFS or to your local reef club, and use the tank and set up as a cuttle tank, or even better, a vulgaris or cyanea (sp?). An even smarter choice would be to start with a 55 or so and just learn the ropes...
 

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L8 2 RISE;130693 said:
Believe you me, the reading helps, but isn't everything. The first tank I set up without any prior experience was pretty much a bust, my nitrates were high, I couldn't figure out how to get them down, I rushed through it and didn't plan well. I am now on my third tank which is a 50 gallon before I move to my cuttlefish system which will be over 200 gallons. I strongly suggest you buy the 300 gallon you were talking about, and keep it as a reef tank with fish, etc. for about 6 months at least. Then sell all of the fish to your LFS or to your local reef club, and use the tank and set up as a cuttle tank, or even better, a vulgaris or cyanea (sp?). An even smarter choice would be to start with a 55 or so and just learn the ropes...

I can tell that you obviously didn't put much effort into your first tank but you are now. Can't I just keep the tank with corals for six months then buy the cuttles? I think it would be easier that way don't you think?
 

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