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Apr 27, 2008
hi guys are cuttles more sensitive or harder to take care of than octos? i have a bimac since last june w/no problems. i was thinking of getting a cuttle but was wondering are they less hardy than octos? i have a 300 gal so i would like to buy a larger type other than whats available like what thales have. or would that be good for that kind of cuttle? and do they have to be kept in pairs or would just one in the 300 be okay? thanks everyone jimmy.
Feb 18, 2005
Cuttles are not more or less sensitive to water quality from my experiences. They are easier in some regards because you do not need to seal the tank and can have a clean up crew of snails and hermits.

However, there are no other species of cuttlefish available for sale to hobbysists in the US that I am aware of. A 300 Gallon system can house 2-3 Officinalis, but again, thats if you can get your hands on one. With the correct licensing and permits, it may be possible to have some eggs shipped, but the minimum order was 100 eggs.

I suggest 20 Bandensis!