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Last week my cuttlefish got busy, and this morning I spotted a big cluster of eggs! Who wants some? Guess I dont have permissions to post in Classified yet so I'll put these up for trade instead. 

I have one (extra) dwarf cuttlefish - trained to eat frozen krill or shrimp - $50 or equivalent trades

I have 6 cuttlefish eggs and counting - $5 ea or equivalent trades

Coolest pets ever... 

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Very Cool! Cuttlefish breeding in captivity, must be doing something right.

Hmmm, I would probably be interested in an egg or two, how small are they when they hatch out?

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A little under 1 cm when they hatch. The eggs are the size of blueberries. I used an airstone and breeding net to keep them aerated and gently bouncing around for the incubation period. When I ordered them, they took just over two weeks to hatch. My guess is since these were laid last night they probably have 3 weeks to go.

I'll post some pictures when I get home. 

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The canonical answer is mysis shrimp. And they do love mysis shrimp. But mysis shrimp suck to keep alive long term, and shipping aint cheap. This first time through, I followed this progression:

mysis->amphipods->saltwater grass shrimp->freshwater shrimp/minnows/goldfish->frozen krill

Next time, I'm gonna try to simplify and cheapify the progression:

amphipods->freshwater shrimp/minnows/goldfish->frozen krill

 

I dont think theyd ever eat something as small as baby brine shrimp. They did eat adult brine shrimp but since those are widely considered not a nutritious food source unless specially enriched, I didnt make that part of my progression.

 

Once theyre on frozen krill its easy mode. Twice a day I thaw some krill, put it on a wooden skewer, and hand feed the cuttles. Until theyre trained onto frozen, its live food all the way. Think big -- my cuttlefish have eaten spiny lobsters, arrow crabs, and giant hermit crabs 2-4 times their size. They have no interest in small things but if its an arthropod approximately half their size or bigger, they will eat it. I have not found an upper limit yet.

 

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Looks like most are spoken for but its unclear whether fmorris can arrange to get them before I go out of town and the opportunity is over.

I see youre in Portland too, Omoluabi, maybe one of you would like to drive down to Corvallis sometime in the next couple days? I leave town Aug 9 and I expect theyll hatch just before I return ~Aug 25.

Edit and update: I took apart the rocks so I could get the eggs and count them. Turns out I have 9, happily bubbling in my incubator now. So that makes the current tally

2 for badxgillen

3 for fmorris

want to take the rest?

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Looks like most are spoken for but its unclear whether fmorris can arrange to get them before I go out of town and the opportunity is over.
I see youre in Portland too, Omoluabi, maybe one of you would like to drive down to Corvallis sometime in the next couple days? I leave town Aug 9 and I expect theyll hatch just before I return ~Aug 25.
Edit and update: I took apart the rocks so I could get the eggs and count them. Turns out I have 9, happily bubbling in my incubator now. So that makes the current tally
2 for badxgillen
3 for fmorris
want to take the rest?


My birthday the 24 of August I'm free the whole weekend maybe I could drive down Sunday the 27th to get one


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Update: The cuttlefish laid MORE eggs last night. 

Bert, if the eggs I brought you yesterday dont hatch, I've got your backups right here! (Thanks again for the frags)

I've got about six eggs in the incubation chamber and a bunch more now in the tank. Ill return to town on Aug 25 and will update here with the status of those eggs. 

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