Re: Opae Ula, Hawaiian Red Shrimp, SuperShrimp, whatever...
I love my opae. :-)
Mine are only shy in the newest "un-everything" tank. There's literally no water movement in this tank, no food, no water changes. No nothing. In fact this tank has a glass lid under the fluorescent lighting so there's almost no evaporation, so after all this time there's been no reason for a water top off. There's also no shrimp, it seems. Well, maybe two or three at the most, and there should be nearly 25 of them swimming around. This set up is the standard or typical that most opae ula keepers have. And I don't like it. If it continues like this my experiment will end and I'll start feeding, filtering and water changing it.
So... As you're probably aware I have filters on the other tanks. In these tanks the opae are fed every other day a very small amount of food. In these tanks the opae act like all of my other shrimp, swimming and walking around looking for food. Never shy and only "hiding" if they're looking for food behind the live rocks. Always hungry. I perform water changes in these tanks about once a month.
Good luck with your new shrimpies... I look forward to hearing from you again. Maybe with a picture or two!