What is a Cuttlefish?

Cuttlefish, any of several marine cephalopods of the order Sepioidea, related to the octopus and squid and characterized by a thick internal calcified shell called the cuttlebone. The approximately 100 species of cuttlefish range between 2.5 and 90 cm (1 to 35 inches) and have somewhat flattened bodies bordered by a pair of narrow fins. All species have eight arms and two longer tentacles that are used in capturing prey and can be withdrawn into two pouches. Suction disks are located on the arms and on expanded pads at the tips of the tentacles.

Can I Have A Cuttlefish In My Aquarium?

Cuttlefish, though commonly thought to be a difficult aquatic creature to keep in captivity, are becoming an increasingly more common pet. This is due to en part their awe inspiring nature and also because there have been many advances in the industry which simplify some of the complexity associated with their habitat.

Skill Level: Advanced

The Cuttlefish is considered an “advanced” level aquatic creature due to their naturally predatory instincts, difficulty to transport, and unique diet. If you are familiar with the nuances of maintaining a reef tank you will likely be able to keep a Cuttlefish without trouble.

Are you looking to add this beautiful creature to your collection but aren’t sure about maintenance, feeding, and upkeep? The FantaSEA team offers several completely hands-dry maintenance plans to fit all varieties of budget and need.