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Squid care? (renamed)

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kinetic said:
what size for a bobtail? 98g tank ok? 36 x 25 x 25?

Im not an expert on squid but I beleive you can keep a bob tail squid in a 98 gallon. I thought the limit was around 55 gallons. But Im not sure.

-Tom
 

Jean

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:welcome: SSgirl

Squid are notoriously difficult to keep. They need LOTS of space and their are some plastics you can't use..........I forget which, but Steve knows (pm him!!) also feeding is a HUGE issue squid very rarely scavenge, you'll need a much larger supply of live food that you need with a similar sized octopus, larger plankton (eg euphasids, mysids etc) small fish and so on. Squid also can't deal with rocks etc in tanks. They also need a fairly large volume (50G or larger). They have a more severe startle reaction than octopus.

I've held Southern Arrow Squid for a very short time. Steve O and Kat are the experts tho!

The bobtails etc are much easier to keep!

J
 

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I don't know about private keepers. but my girlfriend went to australia last september and in sydney aquarium they kept a (small) squidspecies.

don't know about the size or shape tank though. I'll check with her and post it later on
 

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supersquid_girl said:
ok any squid that can be kept in a tank smaller than 50 gallons?

No! That's the short answer! Squid need room! Having said that the Bobtails and Bottletails can. But they're Sepiolids not Teuthids and thus aren't really squid. Many are extremely nocturnal but I believe that Rossia pacifica can be kept successfully.

Cheers

J
 

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Yes, especially if you choose a smaller one that doesn't required chilled water.

For cuttles, look at S. bandensis that is discussed on Cuttlefish Care forum - I believe Righty is still sellling them.

Nancy
 

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supersquid_girl said:
So should i get an octopuss or cuttlefish? Which is easyer?

Different animals have specific needs. Corals, for example, are considered difficult to keep because they require a certain type of light at high intensity for their photosynthetic symbionts. Yet corals have been kept successfully by many, many more people than cephalopods, which do not have specific lighting requirements. For this reason it is impossible to truly characterize animals as "easy" or "hard."

If you're interested in keeping cephalopods I'm sure you'll read some of the excellent articles on this site about how to keep octopuses and cuttlefish. I'm sure you'll also find the treasure trove of informative discussions on the message boards. I think that if anyone asks a question in the first 12 hours they spend at TONMO they're not making full use of the available resources :o)

Dan
 

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