Go cuttlefish, or not go cuttlefish?

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    The exceptionally strange opportunity has come up for me to decide on stocking for my 7000L reef.
    It's in a public aquarium where alot of fish are exhibited and given their spotlight so a fish is an expected sight.

    I currently have no fish but only a mix of softies LPS and SPS, some massive SPS's. I am aiming for SPS dominated setup but not a great fan of fish.

    We just received a load of aquacultured cuttles and building their exhibit to keep them happy, prevent inking and wear on their little cuttle bones. They are about 10cm long!

    You cannot see these guys and not fall in love, which is why I am considering changing to an 'SPS and cuttlefish' exhibit.

    They chow fish, crabs and crustaceans so no shrimps or small fish, but they do chow pest crabs etc. Unfortunately might include trapezia crabs.....But not interested in coral :)

    Considering their lifespan and the utter amazement they bring, especially during feeding.

    Would you want to see this?

    Any opinions welcome but be nice ;)
     
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    DO IT.

    I love cuttle fish they must be one of the most interesting critters in our oceans.

    I would keep them if they lived longer and didnt need expert care.
     
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    Dude, if I had the ability, I would love to keep them. The public should get to see these beauties up close and not only on TV.

    DO IT
     
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    Not in the main tank. That tank needs bright coral and lots of little fish

    Cuttlefish deserve their own tank and not to be overshadowed by other things.
     
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    In this one instance, I think the sticks will get overshadowed by the cuttlefish. Lol
     
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    Im also a big fan, but they need their own display.

    How about a picture?
     
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    pics comming up, remember though, the cuttlefish are tiny and I will have bout 15
     
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    Go cuttle fish and feed them CB clowns
     
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    Oh man cuttlefish are my favourite cephalopod, had some Metasepia pfefferi but they didn't live long as they don't travel well... I would love to see a cuttlefish tank...

    Wouter I say do it...
     
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    @MistaOrange I have done it, 4 dwarf cuttles are in and eating like pigs. Accompanied by an awesome flashing to stun the live mysids, then out shoot the 2 long tentacles :)

    Have a vid but working on posting it

    I love cuttles!!
     
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    I can show were to collect some cuttlefish here in cape town if you want
     
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    Just make sure you have plenty of sand space for them to rest on and they should do well. Its amazing to watch them feed (especially how their pupils dilate just before they shoot for the prey) and how quickly they grow. Keep us updated :thumbup:
     
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    Well done Wouter that's awesome would love to come see them some time.
     
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    Do we get the dwarf cuttlefish?
     
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    dont know the species they taste pretty good though
     
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    ID'ed them as sepia bandensis cuttles, they were aquacultured apparently. On our cold side we get the common cuttle, can't remember the species.

    4 are in and eating/flashing. I feed and then hear the voices of several visitors, 'Wow, look at the squid!'.

    Vid is uploading.....
     
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    Watch with patience and apologies for having a cheap cellfone....
     
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    The bandensis are the hardier species... Looking awesome Wouter...
     
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    Well.........I did it!

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