Cuttlefish diet

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I have adopted a few of Righty's baby bandenesis and am currently feeding them shore caught pods. However, Ive been concerned about the possible pollutants as mentioned earlier as well. I live in the san francisco bay area.

Are there any other suggested foods that 1/4 inch month old bandenesis can eat? At this age I think we are pretty limited in food choices.
 

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Hey! How are they doing?
Size is the important thing - so anything you can get your hands on that is just smaller than the cuttlefish themselves will work.
Baby guppies or mollies
Baby saltwater guppies from octopets
Live mysids gotten from where ever you get them (mysid-shrimp.com)
You could also use frozen mysids if you can get them to eat them (terrible sentence structure!)

Where are you collecting from?
 
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Hey there =)

Two days after acclimation, unfortuanetly one didnt make it. I am unsure what occurred. I have tested the water in the tank many times and the only thing i can detect is maybe nitrates at 5, which is pretty much gone after I did a water change. Its been almost a week and a half now and the others seem to be doing well. They are eating a couple times a day, maybe more becuase I throw 3-4 pods in there a day.

After going to 3-4 beaches, I found that you need to go to places with very little waves/currents. More inland seemed to be the key. Im going near candlestick park just a couple miles south of 101 from the city.

I was prettybummed out about the one loss, and would like to wait another week or so to be sure everything is ok and if possible, I would like to get another one from you for I still want to attempt keeping 2 in the 50 gallon tank.

Have you found any local sources for food to feed your babies other then wild caught pods? Im not aware of any local stores that carry mysis shrimp and I havent tried weening to frozen foods yet. I may try this weekend.

Thanks again!
 

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When things settle down, come by and I'll replace the one that didn't make it.

I am using the local pods because anything else is too expensive, and I have raised them on them before (more terrible sentence structure!) till 8 months when they died from an abrasion that got infected. Soon though, they will be big enough to move to ghost shrimp and other fish.

There are really no local sources of mysids that are reliable - though reed mariculture may start soon.

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Those should be fine.

Which Fremont store?

Who get to full size?

It is not know if they are better than wild caught.
 
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Thanks Righty!

I will probably stay on the local caught pod diet until they are big enough for small ghost shrimp or bab guppies. I just noticed that one has grown to about a half an inch. Ill post pictures and perhaps video soon.. =)
 

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Mermaid Aquarium 46513 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539 • (510) 498-8272 says on the seapod website that mermaid carries them.

the Bandenesis, how long to gorm to full size.

thanks
 

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The species of shrimp that I have been catching are called crangon and once you get the hang of it are quite easy to catch, They lie just under the surface of the sand.

Best place to look for them, I have found is it an estuary, in the puddles left when the tide goes out. From talking to a good friend last week, apparently the best place to get mysis by the thousands are a mile or two upstream from the coast.

Here a pic of the tank I am using for the shrimps.. (think that mike was looking for pics?)

Its 44x22x20 inches and hold about 80 gals. There is about 20 kg of live rock and the skimmer is an aquamedic 1000 multi There are currently about 200 crangon in there with half a dozen flatties and a couple of sand gobies
 

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Since Shanlyn gave the go-ahead on the cuttles, I am first setting up two tanks for breeding guppies and mollies (salt)...I am jealous of you guys near the beach !!
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