1 Month Cuttleversary

Saturday marked 1 month of having these little guys. It’s amazing how much they’ve grown. The largest of the bunch, Rorschach is now almost an inch long, and is happily eating 1″ shore shrimp. I made the decision this weekend to put Rorschach and Lazarus in a separate net breeder of their own to make sure they weren’t over-dominating the smaller two at feeding time.
Jury is still out on eating frozen. I’m wondering if it really only worked before because I added a good number of live mysids with the frozen and they sort of lunged at anything and everything out of confusion. They seem much less interested now, but I’m continuing to offer it at every other feeding.

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Cuttleblog: Feeding Updates

Tomorrow marks the 1 month point, and it seems as though two of the cuttles at least, are taking advantage of frozen foods. I’ve been trying to get them to take food from a stick, too, but so far all that does is make them annoyed.

This morning, I tried taking the smallest shore shrimp I had and offering it to them. Rorschach, and Lazarus, the two bigger cuttles took an immediate interest, and Rorschach took it down. He’s the largest, and I think because of it, tends to get more food. I’m considering separating those two from the smaller two to make sure everyone’s getting enough to eat. I also put in another order of mysids which should get here the middle of next week. I’m hesitant to switch entirely to frozen because I’m still not 100% they’re all eating it regularly.

Cuttleblog: 3.5 Weeks

So, we’re 3.5 weeks in at this point. Last Friday, I had a major breakthrough with feeding: I mixed frozen mysids with live and at least one cuttle ate some of the frozen food. I’m not 100% on the other cuttles, so I continue to offer live food along with the frozen. This morning, I got to see one of the bigger cuttles (I think it’s Laz. He’s just slightly smaller than Rorschach), nabbing a live mysid.

Laz Grabbing a Mysid

You can see the feeding tentacles shoot out and nab the shrimp. I’ve also managed to keep mysids alive much longer than I had previously thanks to the 5 gallon round bowl I’m using to house them, the correct salinity for their water, and feeding them baby brine shrimp. Thanks to Sara at aquaculturestore.com for the advice on mysids. I may do one more order of live mysids, so I can make sure they’re all safely eating the frozen. The cuttles still seem uninterested or intimidated by the size of the shore shrimp, but those seem easy to keep alive. They’re in a separate net breeder in the main tank, until we’re ready for them.

CuttleBlog Day 18

So it’s been an interesting week. I had shrimp scheduled to arrive the 3rd and the 4th. The first order on the 3rd were 300 mysids. I set them up in a tupperware container but I realize in retrospect I had the salinity wrong. So I ended up with only a handful of those which the cuttles happily ate in like 1 sitting. I’ve since called the folks at aquaculturestore.com and gotten some better instructions for how to set them up. Very nice people. I’ve got more mysids coming from them on Thursday and since I’ve been relying mostly on amphipods to shore up my feedings, they were very kind and shipped me some free amphipods to help replenish my stock. Great people, highly recommend them.

The other order of shrimp were “marine janitor” shrimp which I ordered from a different supplier. Small, transparent, about an inch long max. They look just like the freshwater “ghost shrimp” you can find in most pet stores as feeders, but they’re saltwater. I ordered 100 of those and all but ten of them were DOA. I’m hoping to straighten that out today, because I couldn’t get ahold of anyone on Friday when they arrived, probably because it was the start of Labor Day weekend.

So yeah, I had to head into a 3 day weekend with basically nothing to feed these guys.I have spent most of my time picking the remaining amphipods and occasional fairy shrimp out of my sump. On Saturday, I fished about 30 out. Subsequently though, I’ve been getting about half that. It’s frustrating and exhausting and it’s been super stressful. Aside from that, I’ve been spending my weekend desperately trying anything else that might work. Here’s a run down:

Frozen mysid shrimp: Did not seem to show any interest in them yet.

Went to Michaels and bought a Triops growing kit. These are a species of freshwater ephemeral shrimp. It took them 2 days to hatch and they’re tiny, so I’m waiting on these. Not very optimistic.

Small guppies: I was hoping for guppy fry, but all I managed to find around town after going to 3 different shops were guppies that were about 3/4″ long. The biggest cuttle, Rorschach, is about .5″ currently, although they grow at an amazing rate, I think the guppies were too big. I kept a bunch of them and put them in my FW tank, so maybe I’ll get some actual fry eventually. Anyways, the cuttles weren’t interested.

Small marine janitor shrimp: There were 2 out of the survivors that I thought might be small enough. So far, no one’s eaten them, but they seem to keep to themselves and eat detritus, so I left them in the net.

When I started to run low on amphipods, I went to my aquarium shop down the street and they were gracious enough to let me borrow one of their dirty filter socks, so I scored about 30 more amphipods that way, plus I bought more chaeto algae from them and picked some more out of that. I still have to make it to Thursday before I’ll have those mysids, but I am determined to make this work.

Cuttleblog Day 12

Last night, I tried taking pictures again, but didn’t get anything worthwhile. The nets are starting to grow a film of algae on them which is making it increasingly difficult to get decent pictures. So no pictures right now. And I’m double-annoyed with that because last night before bed, all 4 cuttles were lined up at the front of the net. I’m not sure what they’re doing, but I wonder if they’re trying to grab the little shrimp caught between the net and the glass? It’s odd because there are still plenty of those mini-mysids in there with them. Maybe they see something else they want? Or trying to communicate with the Deep Ones.

Anyways, I was hoping my 300 mysids from aquaculturestore.com were coming today, but the tracking website says tomorrow. Means more amphipod picking. I am not very good at it either, so it takes me forever to pluck them out of the filter sock, filter floss, sump rocks, etc. At least I have a few places I seem to be able to grab them. I can usually pull about 20 of them in a sitting.

CuttleBlog Day 11

Last night I managed to get a few decent pics of Lazarus with his “prowl” colors on. I’ve noticed that they tend to be white when resting (probably because the net is white), yellowy or orange when active or prowling and reddish when pissed off because I got too close to them.

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They’ve eaten all the bigger mysids, and bigger amphipods, so I’m waiting on a new shipment of mysids to get here tomorrow or Thursday. In the mean time, I’m picking amphipods out of the filter sock again.