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[Cuttlefish Eggs]: Cuttle babies

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do your local fish stores have ghost shrimps or even small fish? They can be used as substitutes during emergency situations. How large are the cuttles? If you buy shore shrimp, there will probably be some in the bag that are small still. You would also be suprised how large a prey they will go for when they are hungry.

1 mysid a day is not enough in my opinion. With mysids and 2-4 weeks old bandensis, I would be able to feed up to 4-6 a day if i gave them that many. They are probably more active during the day now because they are hungry. If they are satiated, they wont move as much. For frozen food, the eyes may be important for them to recognize them as food. Typically, I will use a small stick to keep moving the frozen shrimp around until they grab it. It helps to keep the backs of the shrimps towards the head of the cuttle for this is where they want to grab it.

I also like to feed them a lot in the beginning. They will grow drastically faster and become capable of eating larger and frozen shrimps earlier. Saves money in the long run. Ive had bandensis reach sizes after 3-4 months that earlier batches couldn't reach until 6+ months because I have increased feeding. They look and seem healthier for it as well.
 
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If a situation like this happens again, I will buy some guppies for them to eat. I was also going to try Ghost Shrimp, but we were out at work. The post office finally found my package today, and to my surprise all of the mysids are alive. Some cuttles are 3/4 of an inch, but the smallest are about 1/2 inch. How would you feed mysids with a stick? I would think that they would not be big enough to poke it through. Sorry it is taking so long to have the pictures up, I promise to have some up tomorrow, because I have both work and school off.

When I feed I put in 2-3 mysids per cuttle. I only feed once per day, however. I am starting to see more drastic color changes and patterns now that they are getting older. next time I am going to order some Shore Shrimp to see if they can handle them.
 
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I dont skewer the shirmps I use the stick to poke at the dead shrimp to cause it to move. The movement will then attract the attention of the cuttles.

Im curently feeding mine grass shrimp. Purchased from local bait shops live for about 18 dollars a half pound. This is a lot of shrimp. They are 2-3.5 inches long on average and much larger then my cuttles, but they are being eaten alive or dead. If they cant finish them, they will leave the heads of the shrimp. You will see this once you start getting shore shrimp.

Another thing I did was to pick out the dead mysids or shore shrimps and freeze them. The cuttles seemed to eat these more redily then any store purchased frozen shrimp. I used these as food for possible emergencies when live was not available..
 

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Shipposhack,
I would nix the guppy idea unless you can be sure they are not treated with copper. I recently discovered that most large pet stores routinely treat with copper as a preventative ...
 

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That's true, and if the shop doesn't the importer will certainly give all fish a prophylactic treatment. I worked in an importer's place for over a year and every tank got dosed, almost daily, unless it was an invert, ray or other sensitive animal.
 
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Colin;108543 said:
That's true, and if the shop doesn't the importer will certainly give all fish a prophylactic treatment. I worked in an importer's place for over a year and every tank got dosed, almost daily, unless it was an invert, ray or other sensitive animal.
This probably explains why I lost an officinalis a while back. During some major storm season I wa unable to get live foods for a week. I had to resort to small feeders from the LFS. The cuttle got weaker and died within 2 weeks. I always suspected this was related to the feeders, but was never certain
 
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All of our tanks except the invert systems are treated with copper. I wasn't even thinking to be careful about that. Thanks for the advice.

One of the babies died last night. I am certain his death was due to lack of food for so long. There is another that is weak but I made sure that he got 2 mysids today. I am going to feed two times a day for a few days so that they can get their strength back up. The one that died was one of the smaller ones that wouldn't eat frozen.
 

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