[Cuttlefish]: BIG Cuttle Journal

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Well, today was my day off work, and we were cruising around to a couple of the good LFS's to see if they had anything cool. At one store, someone mentioned that another store had gotten in some cuttlefish! Although it was clear across town, we decided to brave the rush-hour traffic to get there.
When we got there, we saw four bandensis! They appear to be young sub-adults from what I could tell (mantle length of 1.25"-1.75", total length of about 2"-2.5"). It is hard for me to judge their age, since I have not seen an adult bandensis in person, and it is hard to compare size from the photos/videos I have seen online. But I am pretty sure they are still not even close to full-grown. Maybe 4-5-ish months old?
By the way, does anyone have any pics they could post of an adult next to a ruler or something?:smile:

Anyhow, needless to say, they came home with us. :biggrin2:
They are still in a bucket drip-acclimating now, but are doing very well. By their colors and behavior, I am making a tentative guess that they are two pairs. I decided to test their feeding response, and each immediately snagged a shore shrimp. They ended up taking two apiece. Then i tried some PE mysis, which each of them grabbed and instantly spit out.:yuck:
There have been a couple of instances of what appears to be "protective male behavior", with both of the larger cuttles turning darker and seeming to "herd" the two smaller ones. They don't go into full aggressive display, but it seems like they might be "flexing their muscles". :razz:
There was also a possible mating between one of the pairs. They locked arms for a minute, then the female broke loose and jetted to the opposite side of the bucket. So who knows for sure, but they are off to a good start anyway! :cuttle:
Below are a couple pics of the new guys, if anyone wants to hazard a guess as to their age. In the second pic, the feeding clip is there to show scale--it is exactly 2" wide.
 

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Thanks!
I thought the babies were pretty darn cool, but these big guys definitely have them beat. Not shy or scared of me at all--I put my hand into the water, and the biggest guy came over and checked out my hand with his arms for a second. Already much more interactive--sweet. Now I can't wait until the babies catch up!
I have been giving them a long, slow acclimation--I tested the water they came in, and thought my hydrometer was broken for a minute there. At the LFS they were being kept at 1.016....yikes!:bugout: I have them about halfway there now, since I don't want to move too fast and shock them or anything. But they look very healthy and are adapting well so far...
 
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Nice! Its very difficult to tell the age because size is very defendant on their diet and how much they were able to eat. Before we experimented with varied diets, my adult bandensis at its largest size would only be 2-3 inches when now they reach 4-5.

The coloring and pattern look a little strange to me. Im looking fwd to the pictures of them in the tank.
 

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Thanks, I can't wait to see them in the tank as well! They are FINALLY almost done acclimating though. When they are, I will post more pics. I'm so excited I don't think I will be able to sleep much tonight anyway. :wink:
That is interesting--I did not know that their size was that dependant on diet!
Is there anything specific in their color/pattern that looks strange? Are you implying that they might not be bandensis??:shock:

In the meantime, here are a couple more pics showing more of their range of color. The change from light to dark in the first 2 pics happened instantly.
more soon to come...:smile:
 

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Hmmm, really helps if I actually attach the pics...:oops:
 

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Now they are loose in the tank! I got a few pics, but I did not want to stress them out too much. I figure they have had enough excitement for one day :wink:
The color is off in the pics because I am just running the actinics for now, until the cuttles settle in. Sorry about the poor picture quality, but here are a couple shots anyway.

If you look closely at the first pic, you can see little light dots in the cuttle's skirt, where it is trying to mimic the blue spots on the crocea! It is hard to believe that such different creatures are actually pretty closely related...
 

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a couple more, showing the color changes from light to dark and back again--
 

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