Special limited offer: Buy 3 Dwarf Cuttlefish Egg ready to hatch! (TR - TANK RAISED) and get 2 Dwarf Cuttlefish Egg ready to hatch! (TR - TANK RAISED) free!
LIMITED TIME OFFER (EXPIRES IN 3 WEEKS)
or when stock is depleated!
5 Sepia bandensis EGGS FOR THE PRICE OF 3
Purchase just 3 eggs and get 2 more FREE! That's a total of 5 eggs for the price of just 3. I've never offered this before and the eggs normal price has been reduced and is on sale currently on top of this. This is only because we have a good quantity in stock right now but this offer expires in 3 weeks or when inventory is no longer available. Your credit card will not be charged if we run out.
SOLD BY THE EGG!
Cuttlefish Egg Ready to hatch. These are captive bred so do not carry any wild caught disease or parasites. They all hatch very healthy ready to start feeding immediately.
I recommend having an immediate supply of copepods, Amphipods, Brine Shrimp and Misys on hand to start feeding. Black Mollies which are raised in saltwater are best as the babies make a excellent first fish meal. The cuttlefish eventually graduate to bigger fish like goldfish and have interesting behavior and characteristics. They can change colors and morph and what's really interesting is watching them hunt. They slowly approach their food on a stick (if you don't like feeding live foods) and a long spear flies out lighting fast to catch their meal!
Sepia bandensis. The eggs are black and are approximately ¾” in diameter. Newborns are ¼” in size and have reached 4.5” in captivity. Like most cephalopods, their lifespan is short -- averaging a little over a year in a well-kept aquarium. Keeping a cuttlefish should be considered by diligent and advanced aquarists. Although the requirements may not be exactly the same, similar equipment, water quality and husbandry is reflected in reef keeping. So if you are successful in reef keeping, you should do well with cuttlefish. A 55gal tank is the recommended minimum size aquarium for keeping this cephalopod. A temperature of 72-80 degrees and a salinity of 1.026 specific gravity, pH 8.1 to 8.4, Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrates as close to 0 as possible. Shallow sand beds are advised for they will enjoy digging or burying themselves from time to time.
Cuttlefish are very adept hunters and can take down prey three-to-four times their size. This makes tank mates very limited. It is not recommend to keep fish with your Bandensis. Fish, especially thin and slender ones like wrasses are instant meals while larger fish may co-exist for a while, but can easily be made into a meal down the road. Other animals to avoid are shrimp and crabs (except hermits), for they are favorite delicacies of the cuttlefish. Clean up crews can consist of snails, hermits, serpent stars and bristle worms.
When raising cuttlefish from an egg the best food of choice for cuttlefish this young is live mysids. A new born hatchling is a quarter of an inch long and will only take live foods. A newborn may not eat for up to two weeks depending on how much of a yolk sac it has left. at about one month you will want to start training them to eat frozen. Marine shrimp and krill are next on the menu at 2-3 months. At around three months, your cuttlefish should be about 1.5 inches or larger and are ready for larger food. Alternative foods can include small crabs (with their pinchers removed if they are large), and small saltwater feeder fish. Do not feed with fresh water feeders such as goldfish for they are often treated with copper-based medicines and will poison your cuttlefish! Freshwater shrimp, such as ghost shrimp, can be used and have been found to be similar in nutritional value as marine shrimp, but should not be used as a primary source of food.
Photos of this Dwarf Cuttlefish in Captivity - 4.5" Max Size!
(We recommend choosing the overnight shipping option and keeping Bandensis in groups. Solo inhabitants tend to be inactive and boring! Bandensis are social animals, constantly interacting with each other. * Cuttlefish and cuttlefish eggs are not available for the "live arrival guarantee".)