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YEsss, I just caught a baby cuttle fish!!

tridacna

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Aloha all,
Im so excited , I went snorkeling today and caught a baby cuttle fish. He is one inch long! I have some live copepods for him to feed on. Will he eventually take frozen mysis? This is the coolest animal I have had yet.
I seen him cruising along on the surface and I was shocked. Chasing after him , he kept on squirting little bits of ink at me. I was able to catch him in a small bag. Im so happy. He has had a rough start. When i was acclimating him he jumped out of the container and stuck to a cardboard box. He was probably on the box for a minute untiul i found him stuck to the card board. I thought i had lost him . when i put him in the tank he was not moving but came to life after 10 seconds. He seems s to be very active now.

Any tips on raidsing a baby cuttle fish would really help. I am mainly concerned about getting him to eat rt now. will he eat mysis . Thanks all !

Aloha
 
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tridacna said:
Aloha all,
Im so excited , I went snorkeling today and caught a baby cuttle fish. He is one inch long! I have some live copepods for him to feed on. Will he eventually take frozen mysis? This is the coolest animal I have had yet.
I seen him cruising along on the surface and I was shocked. Chasing after him , he kept on squirting little bits of ink at me. I was able to catch him in a small bag. Im so happy. He has had a rough start. When i was acclimating him he jumped out of the container and stuck to a cardboard box. He was probably on the box for a minute untiul i found him stuck to the card board. I thought i had lost him . when i put him in the tank he was not moving but came to life after 10 seconds. He seems s to be very active now.

Any tips on raidsing a baby cuttle fish would really help. I am mainly concerned about getting him to eat rt now. will he eat mysis . Thanks all !

Aloha

Congrats! Take some pics so we can see! :smile:

Here's some links to help you out:

http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2005/9/aafeature

http://is.dal.ca/~ceph/TCP/cuttle3.html

If it is a bobtail squid, then look here:

http://www.longarmlabs.com/longarmlabs_002.htm
 

tridacna

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I dont think it is a bobtail squid cos i caught him durning the day time. I just got home now and can not find him in the tank. Do cuttlefish hide in rocks? I thought they stay in the water column. I hope a hermit crab or something did not eat the little guy. He has brown spos when he wants to and can also change to clear. What size tank does a 1 inch curttle need
 

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Hi Tridacna,

Cuttlegirl is asking if you are still in Hawaii because if you are and that's where you caught it then it cant be a cuttlefish because none live there.

It will most likely be burried in the substrate

cheers
Colin
 

tridacna

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Oh sorry about that Cuttlegirl. Im in HAwaii. He is so small it is really hard to tell cuttle fish or squid. Sorry I dont have a pic to provide. I tried taking a pic but my camera is not good at macro shots. The image is blurry. I have not seen him. He is in a 10 gallon. The bottom of the tank is covered in coral rubble. He can change colors from brown to clear and to clear with brown spots.
Yes Colin, there ARE cuttlefish in Hawaii.
 

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tridacna said:
Yes Colin, there ARE cuttlefish in Hawaii.

LOL...only at the Waikiki Aquarium! That, and the odd current drifter...sigh. Still, neat find...need to get him bumped up into a larger tank though...do you have a 20 long or a 30 ?

greg
 

tridacna

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I have a 55 he will go in but I use the 10 gallon for initial observations. I cant find him in a 10 gal. A 55 would be like looking for a needle in a haystack- not good for observation. The tankl he is in has a good population of copepods so I dont htink he wil starve. Im hoping he will eat frozen mysis soaked in selcon in the future.

There are no cuttlefish in Hawaii IF one relies on books and the internet for the distribution of cuttlefish. Speak to the locals , dive, snorkel and your ignorance will change.

The fact that I found him during the day time is very interesting. Perhaps he was disturbed from his resting place and decide to take a cruise.
 

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