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Lost 1 of 10 cuttles! HELP

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I am hatching 10 Bandensis cuttle eggs. 5 hatched (one in the bag while bringing it home!) since Wednesday and they have been doing okay. I lost one this morning and am wondering for ideas why. :sad:

Stats:
20 gal hex with breeder net. Ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 5 ppm. ph 8.2, salinity 1.0245 (1.024 and 1/2)

If I had any contaminants (i.e. copper) they would all just die or look sick, right?

The only thing I did change was moving the breeder net to a area of the tank with less flow. I had read that eggs should have good flow and oxygen so I put the breeder on the opposite side of the tank but in front of the exit of the filter. The cuttles seemed healthy and moved, but did not do alot of color changing or interaction with each other.

When I moved them to a side fo the tank with less flow -afterwards they all moved ALOT more and started interacting and flashing each other. I guess they were getting buffeted by too much flow for such little guys.

Any other ideas?

Do they have a relaxed color state? They were mostly white, now they are mostly patterned brown/red.

Do babies just die often?
 
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I have a couple of questions. Are they eating? When they hatched did they still have the yolk sac attached? It could be that you have done nothing wrong, something could have happened in the transfer from the LFS to your house. Hope the others are ok.
 
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I bought 10 eggs. I did not see any yolk sack attached to any of the ones that hatched yet.

What does that mean?

Are they in the egg too long and eating all the yolk?
 
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Originally posted by IllithidWhat does that mean?

Are they in the egg too long and eating all the yolk?

If they hatch out too soon, the yolk sac will still be attached, if they didn't have a yolk sac it means they were ready to hatch.
 
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Losing # 3 right now.

They just turn totally white and kind of lean with thier tail end upward, hanging on with thier tentacles. This guy looked dead, but when I slowly scooped him up he would SLOWLY turn colors when out of the water. No movement, just look like color was leaking in to the white. When I place him back under he would loose the color and go to white, but not swim off.
 
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Illithid said:
Stats:
20 gal hex with breeder net. Ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 5 ppm. ph 8.2, salinity 1.0245 (1.024 and 1/2)
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I think this looks good as it gets. Tell me if there is anything else I can check. Temp is 78 degrees.

They looked great when they hatched-all 5 of them. I think it is something I am doing and I can't figure out what. I don't want to keep killing these little guys, it is driving me crazy.

The ones left seem fine. But so did they all. I have tiny fish I got from Cedar Key last night to feed until the mysid and pods come in and they are loving the breeder net and water.

The little guys were dying befor eI got them so I don't think it is them-they arent bothering the cuttles either.

Grasping at straws here.
 
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I just checked them, cuz before I could see the little guys scooting around inside.

They are all dead. Perfectly formed little cuttles-look ready to hatch and didnt.

I figure something has to be contaminated somehow.

Gonna do a water change now, just in case.
 

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