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The CuttleFarm Army Project

Started in 2004, The Cuttle Farm Army was a project aimed at raising and hopefully breeding the elusive Sepia Bandensis Cuttlefish in the home aquaria. Sepia Bandensis or any cuttlefish do not naturally occur in any US waters and transporting them around the world typically ends up badly. The availability in the US was very dismal and the knowledge concerning raising them was even less. My goal was to not only develop the techniques to raise them, but to eventually breed them to develop a captive bred system that will remove the necessity to pluck more specimens from the wild and risk the chance of death.

In February of 2008, I proudly can say that I became one of the few that successfully bred this species of cuttlefish. There were many challenges in determining the most optimal conditions required and there are still many questions that are unanswered. I could not have done any of this without the collective community of Tonmo (The Octopus News Magazine Online) and Richard Ross of Daisy Hill Cuttle

Much of my progress has been documented in various locations. I will try to centralize all this information into my blog found in the Topics section as The Cuttle Farm Army. Please feel free to browse this section if you are so inclined.

If you are interested in having your own CuttleFarm Army, be sure to read my Article published in the October 2008 – Volume 7 Issue 9 of ReefKeeping Magazine called So You Want Your Own Cuttlefish Army?

Please also check out the my minor contributions to the book Cephalopods: Octopuses and Cuttlefish for the Home Aquarium by Colin Dunlap and Nancy King. Necessary reading for anyone interested in keeping cephs.

~ by Paradox009 on September 20, 2008.

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