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Cuttlefish ink and beak

squishy1

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It appears I made the right call investing in a generator before a protein skimmer. Last night we lost power at 7PM and it didn't come back on until 4am. I was really hoping to have done a dry run with the generator before i actually needed it, but sh!t happens.

I don't how, but I managed to forget to plug in the heater from my display tank into the generator so the temperature plummeted down to 74 degrees by the time the power came back on. I just released my 3 month old cuttle into the display 2 weeks and haven't yet seen him this morning. So is it possible that the temperature drop to 74 stressed or killed him? I had a heater malfunction on my smaller tank with the 20 baby cuttles 2 weeks ago that got the water up to 84 degrees with only 1 casualty so I'm thinking temperature isn't as big of a killer as flow, or lack of, would be. The only reason I'm worried is the water looks cloudy this morning, like something died and is polluting the water.
 
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I think it's possible the cuttle survived. 74 isn't HUGE from where it is supposed to be. The dwarf cuttles prefer temp around 78-79, so I think a gradual decline to 74, and then a gradual incline to 79 shouldn't be too stressful. I'm just trying to think positively. Hopefully Thales or CuttleGirl will chime in.
What are your current tank parameters?
 

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Generally any temperature swings over 2 degrees cause a lot of stress on livestock, especially when the temperature swing is over the course of just a few hours. But it looks like whatever it is causing the water to cloud isn't the cuttle, i just saw him moving around a few minutes ago. My lights are just starting to turn on now, and I'm noticing a lot of polyp extension on all my montipora's so I think I'm ok.

I'm not sure on all the tank parameters, i did a huge water change before adding the cuttle, and have been dosing magnesium, calcium, and alkalinity pretty heavy to get the numbers where they should be. Instant Ocean Reef crystals generally needs supplementation still to get those parameters where they should be for a reef. Planning on doing complete testing on my frag and cuttle tanks either today or tomorrow to see where I'm at.
 

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The eggs were delivered on June 7th and if I recall correctly the first ones started to hatch on June 22nd which makes most of them about 6 1/2 weeks old. For some reason I keep thinking they're older, more like 8 or 9 weeks old. The older one from my second batch of eggs is about 13 weeks old.
 

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the cuttle in that video was about 6 weeks old at the time of recording. its hard to keep track of age when you have different batches of eggs hatching at different times. im not sure how old they are currently, but its only a few more weeks until they reach sexual maturity and start laying eggs ( i hope!). Here's some more videos from the past 2 weeks.
 

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