First Cuttlefish

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Hi it's me again. i was at school and saw on LiveAquaria a cuttle fish for sale. Once i saw that i was itching to get home to beg my parents to get it for me. I've kept octo's when i was 13 but now i'm alitttle older i wanted to try something knew. I ordered it thursday night and got it around 5:20 today. I was surprised it lived the trip because it was supposed to come around 10:30 but it came at 5:20 with a little ink in the bag. It's doing fine in a net breeder in my tank. It is so cool to watch him hunt its prey. I do have one question, How do you wean it onto frozen food. I know it needs a varied diet with supplements of live food but for sometime when i'm out of live i think it will be beneficial.
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Best course is to keep live food on hand at all times.:wink:
lol

I was able to mix in bits of frozen food with live food, in order to get them to trigger on it. Eventually I was able to wean my to frozen food alone when the occasion prohibited live food.
 
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Thanks a lot. I want to name it though and i don't know if it's male or female. I was thinking of holding a mirror up to the side of the tank and seeing if it reacts.
 

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Piss it off and name it Squidward.:biggrin2:

sometimes they can react negatively to a reflection that moves. Try holding up a photograph of a cuttle and see how He/she/it reacts, then take steps to the mirror. No sense in having it beat itself to death on the sides of the tank, yeah?:smile:

That happen sometimes with cuttles. Every time the cat walks by they jet into a wall or rock...sad situations that one does their best to rectify.
 
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Congratulations on your new friend.

Can you post pictures? I don't think you can determine their sex by any physical features but some pictures of various behaviors might. Then again they might not display certain tell-tale behaviors if their isn't a potential mate present. I don't think they can see a picture like you and I see it, so that might prove to be pointless.

Unless you plan to introduce a potential mate I wouldn't worry about it. Either way, it's a cool critter!
 
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I wish i could post pictures but i am a complete stranger when it comes to computers. Could someone explain how to do it. I think it might be a male because once i saw it see its reflection on the glass and try to ram into it. Luckily it's in a net breeder so it didn't hurt itself. Also i can't seem to take good pictures of that tank with my digital camera. Would a snapshot camera be better? What camera did thales use to take pictures of his wunderpus and flamboyant cuttlefish. What behavior is typical of male or female.
 

Thales

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How big it is? I know Kevin from LA was hatching out some eggs, so maybe you got one of his. You won't see any sexual characteristics until they are 3-5 months old.
Pics are a hole world unto themselves. Try a top down shot with all your pumps turned off and the water is calm. FWIW, I use a Nikon D70 (upgrade soon I hope :biggrin2: ) with a 105 vr micro lens.
 

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