[Cuttlefish]: Dwarf Cuttlefish Noob

H4k1m

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Hello everyone! I've been binge-reading everyone's posts here for the last few years so it feels great to finally make a post of my own. My name's Hakim, I'm a 16yo and I live in Indonesia. Cephalopods have always been my favorite group of animals since ever, but it was only until a few years ago that the possibility of having one as a pet seemed viable. I have had experience with SW tanks for around half my life now so I was confident I could give my pet the best life possible during its lifespan. I ultimately decided to set my sights on a Dwarf Cuttlefish, since they can thrive in smaller tanks compared to octopuses. The problem however, was even though I live in Indonesia, there was MINIMAL demand for even an octopus, and basically nonexistent for a cuttlefish. Most information regarding the care and living conditions for a cuttlefish I were only able to get from here and a few researcher friends. Needless to say I persisted, eventually I was able to contact a supplier in Bali, where I requested a Dwarf Cuttlefish. I didn't know if they cared or nah, so I just hoped for the best. 6 months later, and they were finally able to get one! I already have an empty 40 gal just waiting for this day, so I immediately jumped at the opportunity. The Cuttle arrived the very next day, it was around 4-5cm, we didn't know how old, or which sex the cuttlefish is, but I didn't care. I was just happy that I got the best pet I could have ever dreamed of keeping.

Now, meet Sepia Sienna Wibowo!
(She's eating shrimp)
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I think she's a female, since she's smaller and didn't flare up to mirrors, not sure, but that's what i'll be referring to her from now on.

She's been here for a week now and lives in a cozy 40 gallon tank, with loads of live rock and caulerpa. The only other inhabbitants are 3 small banggai cardinals, a maxima clam, and a moderate amount of hermits and stars to deal with leftover food. She eats a mix of live freshwater ghost shrimp and fiddlers, I wish to switch to saltwater ghosts when I'm able to get a supplier. She eats great, but still very shy (especially towards me, I'll get to that later)

So far everything's been great, and everything's running smoothly. I hope to get her to breed sometime later, but for now I'll just stick to her alone.
Any advice or criticism is soo so welcome, I wish to give her the best life possible while in my care, and I'll keep using this thread as my progress report. Thanks again everyone and I'll see you next time!

*my bad for any bad grammar
 
hi @H4k1m - thanks for starting up a journal for your cuttlefish! (I've moved your post to this forum, with a permanent redirect left in the Cuttlefish Care forum).

It looks like you've set up a nice environment. If you haven't checked out these articles by @Thales, I'd recommend it:



...and there are of course MANY threads here, but since you've been here for a few years I imagine you've seen a lot of them. Looking forward to following along with your journal!
 
hi @H4k1m - thanks for starting up a journal for your cuttlefish! (I've moved your post to this forum, with a permanent redirect left in the Cuttlefish Care forum).

It looks like you've set up a nice environment. If you haven't checked out these articles by @Thales, I'd recommend it:



...and there are of course MANY threads here, but since you've been here for a few years I imagine you've seen a lot of them. Looking forward to following along with your journal!
oo my bad I forgot I could've put this in journals hehehe. Thanks for the articles, I've had much fun reading them! I'll keep posting here as time goes on.
 
Hello! I finally have an update since last time. Sienna's been consistently getting more confident, she explores the tank more frequently at night (especially when I'm asleep) and she readily accepts food in front of my face during early dawn, instead of waiting behind the rock she hides behind during the day. I have turned to using a small clear pipe to deploy her food since it's more precise and hypes her up when she sees the shrimp inside. So far things are better since the last post and I'm looking forward to where this goes.

At this point I should probably bring up that I'm pretty sure Sienna is female. I've tried showing her a mirror a couple times and she didn't show any aggressive coloration as a response. If I were to add a (presumably) male cuttlefish, would this be a good time? Or should I hold off the idea until much later. There's a larger cuttlefish from my supplier available right now, maybe 1-2 centimeters bigger than Sienna.

I'm just throwing ideas at the wall here but can adding another cuttlefish urge Sienna to be more confident? Like if she sees the newer cuttlefish being just fine about everything she would try to follow suit. That being said, I can't mess up my first impressions on the 2nd cuttle if I want it to be a role model for Sienna.

And to end this one, there's no pic of her (since she only comes out at night at I can't get a good pic of her without intruding hehe (she's behind the big overhang on the right). Anyway here's bad full tank shot right here so you can see the basic layout of everything, cheers!
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Uhh ok guys bad, BAD news. I just did 60% water change to get rid of some nasty buildup of detritus and slightly rescaped a bit due to some structural issues, and Sienna just went HAYWIRE. I didn't get her out of the tank during this because I feared it would stress her out even more. She panicked around the tank for quite a bit, switching on/off her camo for a lot. It didn't help that she kept trying to hide in the pieces of rock I was moving, so it probably looked like I was actively trying to get her.

It got to the point that she was squeezing into crevices the obviously didn't fit in, and full on ramming the back of the tank, arms flayed out, trying to get out. I should've handled the situation better, but at the time I just couldn't think of any options. Now she sits deeper behind the giant overhang with full camo. The last time I did a water change she also acted a bit like this but this time it's much worse. I don't think she inked, but she's definitely traumatized. I just checked up on her from the side of the tank and when she saw me get closer her eyes went black and she jetted away.

I'll hold off on adding anything to the tank now until everything calms down, I'll update later.
 
ugh, sorry to hear of that turn for the worse... hopefully your cuttle will re-acclimate. I did a quick search and found this discussion about water changes -- not necessarily conclusive but some sage advice about water changes being done VERY gradually. 60% sounds like it could be a shock by comparison. I'm sure moving structures, etc. just adds to it, to your point. Keep us posted on that!

As for tankmates, I'm sure now's not a good time :sweatsmile: but even in positive conditions, it's really difficult to predict how they'll take to each other.

 
ugh, sorry to hear of that turn for the worse... hopefully your cuttle will re-acclimate. I did a quick search and found this discussion about water changes -- not necessarily conclusive but some sage advice about water changes being done VERY gradually. 60% sounds like it could be a shock by comparison. I'm sure moving structures, etc. just adds to it, to your point. Keep us posted on that!

As for tankmates, I'm sure now's not a good time :sweatsmile: but even in positive conditions, it's really difficult to predict how they'll take to each other.

Got it! I'll do it more gradually from now on. She's already accepted food again so hopefully she'll be alright. Thanks!!
 
She passed

I.. I don't know what to say, she passed.

She was back to her usual self 2,5 days after the water change, she even went crazy when I showed her the large shrimps I was putting in her feeding pipe. She was eating less and less the last few days, but I just thought I was bothering her too much, so I just decided to give her 2 small shrimp this morning, and not wait for any confirmation because It was also my final day of exam and I didn't want to mess up math. After that I went to a beach with my friends while also catching some fresh shore shrimp for her.

I came home at 7.30, first thing I did was I checked my tank. "Huh, weird eggs? So she is a female" then I looked to the side, and there was her. White as paper, head lunged out, eyes blank. I just broke down. She's the only casualty.

I just need someone to tell me straight, was it my fault? Or was It just her time. I didn't notice senescence, and this morning she was looking more active than usual, strolling around the tank in bright lighting. The only stuff she left were 7 deformed looking, loosely clustered eggs.

It was just so sudden. Her body is in perfect condition, no physical Injuries whatsoever. She still observed me and was aware of my presence this morning. I.. I just don't know man. I didn't get to fully bond with her.

The only good video I have is of her shyly eating a shrimp like last week.


This is where I found her when I came home, approx 30cm from her egg cluster
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Her eggs
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Recovered body
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Everything in the tank was tailored specifically to her needs, and all parameters are those of natural sea water.
I'm sorry that everything took this turn, I just hope that for whatever reason this ended the way it did, I didn't cause it.

RIP Sienna
 
I'm sorry for your loss, @H4k1m :sad: -- you were obviously offering up a lot of thoughtful effort toward this cuttle and its tank, including fresh-caught food. Clearly you learned from the experience as well.

I'm no expert, or I'd provide more insights, but I'll be working to bring some more help in soon, so do be sure to watch this thread in the future.

Ultimately, it is the cycle of life. THANK YOU for sharing Sienna with us, and your experiences in caring for her! It's a real help for the community and for the betterment of cephs.

:cuttlego:
 
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