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scolley
09/22/2012, 10:48 AM
Was in House of Fins in Greenwich CT yesterday, and got an awesome surprise at the checkout counter. They've got a Flamboyant Cuttlefish in a nano!

These videos are large. Sorry. And taken with an older model iPhone - so not great quality. Sorry again. But hopefully you can see how incredible this little cephalopod is.

Swimming (15MB file) (http://www.colley.org/images/IMG_8180.MOV)

Feeding (60 MB file) (http://www.colley.org/images/IMG_8181.MOV)


I've been dying for one of these for quite a while. But this one is not for sale - it's a pet shop pet. But they say they can get more. I won't quote how much they want for one, but open your wallet. Wide.

Which is too bad really, as this one appears to be mature. And they only live a year or so in good conditions. So no telling how long it's still got to live... 8 months, 6 months, only 2? No way to know. But it's a lot of do-ray-me for an invert that's only going to be with you a little while - at best. But still an AMAZING animal. :)

PS - sorry about having to down load the video to see it. I tried loading it to Vimeo, but because I shot the video in portrait mode, they auto-rotate it to landscape. And even rotating the original video so that it will be the correct orientation after they rotate it still does not work. So if you want to see it, you have to down load it. Sorry.

PPS - These videos take a few minutes to open after you click the link. So don't panic if it takes a while.

MantisO_o
09/22/2012, 01:36 PM
Very nice! :)

dudemeister
09/22/2012, 02:45 PM
Westport Aquarium had one a month ago. Didn't last but it was neat to see.

scolley
09/22/2012, 03:01 PM
Westport Aquarium had one a month ago. Didn't last but it was neat to see.Really? Where are they getting these things?

It not lasting could have had a number of possible causes, including improper care. As I understand it - from reading, not experience - the one at House of Fins may not last long either if they don't vary its diet (can't live long on just freshwater ghost shrimp) and cool down its water. These are very demanding. I wonder if Westport Aquarium would sell one for less than the arm-and-a-dillo that House of Fins wanted?

happyjack
09/24/2012, 01:15 PM
I just found one on long island for 300 dollars at a local fish store . picking it up tomorrow...
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4746844155198

scolley
09/24/2012, 05:53 PM
Too cool! That's a LOT less than House of Fins wanted. Good for you.

It's looking like some importer that services regional LFS's has been supplying them lately. Please post how it turns out. I'm glad for you, yet massively jealous. ;)

E.intheC
09/24/2012, 06:59 PM
I just found one on long island for 300 dollars at a local fish store . picking it up tomorrow...
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4746844155198

I can't see the vid on my iPad but I think I know which one you're talking about. Was this at Tropical Island? If so, I have a video of him eating. :)

happyjack
09/24/2012, 08:49 PM
I can't see the vid on my iPad but I think I know which one you're talking about. Was this at Tropical Island? If so, I have a video of him eating. :)

Thats the one. He /She is tiny .Hope to keep it for a while.

happyjack
10/01/2012, 12:43 PM
Well I couldn't set up a tank in time and someone else got it.Oh well Next time I'll be ready

oceanscurve
10/19/2012, 08:12 PM
I wonder how often they get cephs

scolley
10/19/2012, 09:15 PM
I dont know, but this thread has led me to MANY conversations about recent appearances of Flamboyant in many (5 or more) nearby LFS's. So I dont know who is supplying, but someone just provided many locals with one specimen. And frankly - IMO - that sucks.

These animals are so rarely captured, a chance of breeding them would be a godsend. Putting multiples of these into a single LFS would have provided that opportunity. Yet in turn, that very act - providing hobbyists the opportunity to breed them - could lower the price they fetch by selling them one-by-one at LET's.

But we have no control of that. If you possess it, generally speaking you control it's distribution. Sometime the vaulted free market system ain't what it's cracked up to be. ;)

My 2 cents.

petet1234
10/20/2012, 12:51 PM
I would love to have one!