on the raising of mysid

cuttlechris

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i'd like to keep cuttle fish and i'm not really near a beach, so from what i understand i'll have to raise mysid and other crustaceans in order to feed cuttles. i plan to start a 75 gallon soon and i'm hoping that can house 4-5 cuttles? I could really use some help and insight from those who've established such things.
 

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Welcome to TONMO!

Have you done a search on TONMO or checked out the articles? Those would be the best places to start!

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i read the article which i believe you wrote. and i googled some more stuff. i guess i gotta hit the forums some more.
 
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Theres a lot of newish info on how we have been feeding bandensis. All can be found in this forum.

-Live mysids is necessary for the first 0-1.5 months. You dont necessarily need to breed them, just keep them alive long enough to be consumed by your cuttles.
-At around 1 month, I would suggest trying to train them to eat frozen mysid.
-At 1.5 months or so, its a good idea to move up to shore shrimp. Some of your cuttles may have learned to eat frozen already, but continue with mixing live shore shrimp with some frozen ones until all seem to readily take frozen.
-After this, I would suggest looking at bait shops or other areas for 1-3 inch size frozen shrimp. In the SF bay area, our bait shops have grass shrimp, which are perfect, but may not be available in other states.
 

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it's difficult finding fresh shore shrimp because i havent seen any at lfs, also i am conviently located in grand prairie tx. lol. I don't have any ceph's at the moment, but i'm devising a set up for cephs. I'm debating between a bimac or a couple of s. bandensis. I'd like to set up a 75 gal with a sump(between 20-30 gal); a remora pro,a hob filter, 40-50lb of LR and some base rock. would a heater even be neccessary since they require temp. in the 70's? Is there anything i'm missing(besides sand and powerheads ect.)?
 

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LFS aren't going to be all that helpful in finding food for cuttles because of the markup the need vs the amounts of food you need. Perhaps Daniel and I will start selling cheap frozen shrimp to TONMO'ers. :biggrin2:
Your best bets on food is to have them shipped to your door from someplace like www.aquaculturestore.com or www.livebrineshrimp.com (marine janitors).
I would do a heater with cuttles.
 

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cool cool. Man the metasepia you had sure was cool. I'll check out the sites you posted. When i get a ceph you should sell cheap frozen shrimp to TONMO'ers.:smile:
 
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Rich - That would be very helpful to me as well. I am going to go around to a couple of bait shops nearby tonight, but if I don't find anything it would be great if you could ship some to me. They would definitely be cheaper than shore shrimp!
 

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I think the issue with frozen is keeping it cold while in transit, which usually means fast transit, which usually means expensive. If you guys have andy ideas about it, I would be happy to give it a shot.
 

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