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jamest0o0

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so lately I have really been researching cephs and specifically cuttles..... I am very interested them, but not sure if I am in over my head.....

I'm only 16 and I have a reef tank that is doing great and I stay on top with water changes, feeding, and everything else... I have a job and really atm all I spend on is my tank... I have school-work most days, but I just feed afterwards and do water changes, test, etc on days I don't work....I can afford the equipment and I'll need to look into some food sources, but that shouldn't be a huge problem, I will have all the works sump, refugium, ATO, etc.... I can feed them most of the days, but I just figured any day I may not be home I have family that would be willing to feed, I can do water changes and all of that, but of course being 16 I have friends I hang out with a lot and can sometimes have a busy schedule....

basically I just want some opinions.... is this too much for a 16 year old? I'm confident I can take care of them once my tank is set up and cycled, but really you don't know until you have the actual experience...just want some opinions thanks!
 

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Well, it definately sounds like your on top of things. Really read up on it, and most definately take advantage of the experts on this board, there are several on here that know a hell of alot more than I do about cuttles, but I'd say get all your equipment first (only if you feel comfortable doing so) befor getting the cuttles.
 

daddysquoc

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first off, :welcome:

most people think u cant do cephs if ur young.

i was 12 when i had my first octo.

its eggs were fertile. they hatched and did well for a while, but being a planktonic species (and being unexpected) none reached maturity.

of course, u have to have ultimate dedication. a ceph is more work than a dog or cat, so at least know what ur undertaking.

good luck :smile:
 
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If you already have the understanding of how to maintain a reef tank and have the neccessary equipment and automation, it wont be that much harder for you.

Your biggest challenge would probably be food supply. Cuttlefish will require different types of food as they progress through their life cycle. Live foods will also be necessary at some stages. Be sure you research what you have available for you in your local area or if purchasing online, be sure that you can afford it for that is very expensive regardless of what age you are.
 

jamest0o0

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food is my #1 concern of course so I need to start looking into that.....

and I was told that cuttles and octos are almost exactly the same to take care of, a lot of people actually said cuttles are easier and they are a lot cooler IMO, correct me if I'm wrong about this :smile:

thanks!
 
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:welcome: I'm partial to cuttlefish, but that's just me :biggrin2:. If you can take care of a reef tank, you can take care of a cephalopod tank. As Paradox said, it can be expensive to feed them. Check out aquaculturestore.com for some live food prices. I sometimes spent up to $50 per week for my three cuttles. Sometimes it was only about $20 per week, sometimes as much as $70 when they were babies.
 
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I would suggest you get 3 month old cuttles from Thales or Paradox that are eating frozen foods already rather than trying to raise young, you need to have more time on your hands with the younger ones as well because I believe they require multiple feedings each day, and it will have to be live. It's also way easier and cheaper to get one eating frozen food and worth the extra money up front.
 

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