sepia bandensis food alternatives

dude4682

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I recently purchased 2 sepia bandensis eggs and two sepia bandensis hatchlings from my LFS. the eggs are both doing great but one off my hatchlings passed away. I cant find a food source that they will accept, so does anyone know of any small food source that I could try and raise my hatchlings on ? my tanks parameters are cephalopod friendly and no other tankmates are in their breeder net other than each other and a few bristle worms. thanks for your answers everyone.
 

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I forgot to include that I have done my research, and that I know Mysis is the best food source for them but it is so expensive. I have not tried fish fry yet, but have tried hatchling brine shrimp, feeder guppies, and grass shrimp, but I think most of these foods are either too large or too small so they wont accept it.
 
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Can you get some mysids? Or even amphipods? Raising babies is very expensive, there is no way around this part of cuttlefish keeping.
 

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the other day I threw in about 500 bbs while hoping that the little guy would eat. today I was checking up on him and he got much bigger! I don't know if he ate them all or if they escaped or what but they are all gone now so I guess I just have to catch him eating his food sometime. would I be able to feed him brine shrimp/other until I am able to get him to eat frozen Mysis?
 
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No, brine shrimp to do not have enough nutrition to sustain a cuttlefish. Kind of like feeding your baby only lollipops. Do you have any access to someone who has amphipods or a refugium that might have pods? Did you order any mysids yet?
 

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not yet I will be ordering some ASAP. how long would he last on brine shrimp? I heard that you can enrich them with vitamins/phytoplankton and other stuff. do you know how I can do that? would it be ok if I fed him enriched brine shrimp until he eats frozen? thanks for your help.
 

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If you don't have any food then brine shrimp will be better than nothing but there isn't much nutrition in them. You can enrich them by putting some of them in a container and putting whatever you want to enrich them with in the water. They are filter feeders so they will consume it out of the water column. I would search online for specific instructions. In any case, I would get some better food as soon as possible.
 

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thanks for your answer, I know that the enriched brine are not the best food source and have to be temporary, I hopefully will be getting Mysis soon.
 
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