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I messed with trying to tumble the eggs after reading Bret's article but did not make the soda pop tumbler. Since bandensis eggs are typically laid in the deepest, darkest, most hard to reach area (@cuttlegirl 's words but no one will dispute them) tumbling is likely not necessary for this species. I asked Bret if he had tried the soda bottle technique with bandensis and he confirmed success using it but also mentioned that other successful methods likely worked as well for the "stumpy" cuttles. Where the soda bottle incubator seems to have shown the most dramatic success has probably been with the flamboyants. The first page of my journal shares my incubator adventure (the first post has a link to the MBARI technique).
 

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Are the flamboyant eggs smaller than bandensis? The water tumbler would be worth looking into for eggs that really need tumbling.
 

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I'm not sure of the size difference (I have only seen flamboyant images) but I believe flamboyant eggs are about half the size of bandensis and I know they are harder to grow out. If you become very good with the bandensis, it would be great to see you attempt flamboyants
 

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We will see how it goes. I have been working today on a Ceph. diet that I think will work. I will start another thread on what I have in mind. Who if anyone is breeding flamboyants?
 

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I have only heard of one commercial flamboyant breeder (I fall to recall the name) and they were using Live Aquaria as their selling platform. I don't think the production went well as LA never seems to have them available. @Thales is familiar with the attempt and may know their current status. There are several aquariums working with them (we got to see several on display and several others in a breeding system last weekend during TONMOcon VI at Mote) but any excess is shared with other aquariums and not made available to the public. Obtaining a brood stock is extremely difficult, will likely be unsexed wild caught and pricey.
 

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Delicate animal and a long trip doesn't help either.

*EDIT* How much is pricey? What can I say curiosity got the best of me.
 
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I know that water tumblers are needed to hatch delicate Cichlid eggs. That may very well transfer to Ceph's as eggs are eggs. I will make a sketch of the device I have used in the past and try to post it.
 

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IF I remember correctly, upwards of $300 for one but I may have the confused with the $399 cost of a bendensis pair. Never mind, I found the MACNA video and the expected cost for the flamboyant was $1000 each. I don't think they were ever actually offered though.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-Xy3gNPU4U
 
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