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09-08-2016 02:06 AM
Matuva Several on ebay, you might even have sellers in your area.
Other than that, theses shrimps come from Hawaii
09-07-2016 11:49 PM
Tyrone Where do you guys get these shrimp?


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09-07-2016 11:44 PM
Jen8560 She is feeling that the inbreeding is a big cause of hers going pale. What I might do is convince her to let me take out her best red ones to put into my super red tank to continue their super-red genes, and cull all of my paler-offspring into her tank to live and breed out their lives with their paler kindred.
09-06-2016 03:17 PM
bigbadjon I don't keep shrimp but don't you have to cull all non conforming offspring? That is probably the problem.
09-05-2016 10:02 PM
Jen8560 Hi, I have a couple of questions on opae ula, about both an existing Opae Ula tank and a future tank

Existing tank: My mother has a brackish Opae Ula tank that is about 2 1/2 years old now that I set up for her. Her shrimp are doing GREAT, breeding like crazy and are always very active. However, her shrimp are almost all a pinkish-white color, with a handful of light red shrimp. When she first got the original founding shrimp from a local breeder from Craigslist, the originals were definitely more red and dark pink then their descendants have become. . She is blaming inbreeding on the reason they are becoming pale. I don't have easy access to her water parameters and it would take me a while to get over to her house and measure them if that info is needed for a diagnosis. Does anyone know what is causing this color shift (and what we can do to fix it?)


Future tank: I am planning on setting up a nano-tank of my own in a few months, and was wondering if anyone had some recommendations for a really good Opae Ula breeder (or two) who has the BRIGHTEST RED shrimp. Since the goal is to get them breeding, I want to start with the best possible bloodstock and breed for really bright red ones so I don't have the same problem she is having.

Thanks all!
07-27-2016 11:26 AM
brutalhoney
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My opae'ula spend a huge majority of their time hiding in various nooks and crannies of my holey rocks; I think they like to hide. If I want to see more, I put in a tiny chip of algae wafer - they normally have plenty of stuff to graze on around the tank but like the wafers as a treat. I use a turkey baster to remove the leftovers after a couple hours.

I do notice that, if I shine a light on the tank at night, there are normally some swimming around. I'm thinking of getting a dimmer light for them...the one I have now is strong.

(Any other tips for getting them to come out and play during the day are welcome - though there are only 17 in a 5g tank, so it might just be a numbers game. I've seen at least three or four berried females in the past couple weeks, so maybe that number will increase soon!)


Kya,

That's good to hear that hiding comes naturally to them! I was beginning to think I may have done something wrong because the first few days of having them they were swimming around and going everywhere! It was quite cute and now I'm lucky if I see 4-5 of the 12 swimming about for a quick bit.

Yes, any tips would be appreciated.


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07-27-2016 02:20 AM
Kya My opae'ula spend a huge majority of their time hiding in various nooks and crannies of my holey rocks; I think they like to hide. If I want to see more, I put in a tiny chip of algae wafer - they normally have plenty of stuff to graze on around the tank but like the wafers as a treat. I use a turkey baster to remove the leftovers after a couple hours.

I do notice that, if I shine a light on the tank at night, there are normally some swimming around. I'm thinking of getting a dimmer light for them...the one I have now is strong.

(Any other tips for getting them to come out and play during the day are welcome - though there are only 17 in a 5g tank, so it might just be a numbers game. I've seen at least three or four berried females in the past couple weeks, so maybe that number will increase soon!)
07-27-2016 01:48 AM
brutalhoney I was wondering if opae ula hide in tanks that have lots of hiding spots or do they prefer open areas? My tank has lots of hiding spaces and I rarely get to see the shrimp just hanging out.


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06-07-2016 09:28 PM
kinzo
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No, it won't hurt the shrimp.
Get a salt water nerite and it'll eat all that stuff up, might want to acclimate it to brackish first tho..
06-07-2016 09:24 PM
Laika
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are these brown algae gona kill my opae ula ?



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No, it won't hurt the shrimp.
06-04-2016 06:58 AM
sengyeh91 are these brown algae gona kill my opae ula ?



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04-21-2016 08:24 PM
Laika Ive started putting a dedicated website and forum for the Opae ula shrimp together if anyone wants to know more about them.

www.opaeula.co.uk
02-23-2016 04:57 PM
Opae Ula Related
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Hi,

Just discovered this thread and Planted Tank. Great stuff!

I discovered Opae Ula when they were sold at Sharper Image in those Ecospheres a long time ago. I didn't purchase though but discovered it again in Hawaii 2 summers ago and did purchase some. I don't have a thread or site but started a video "library". Last thread post was Nov. 2015, hope this thread is not "dead".

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ3...LtwYXENGwcGXOQ
11-20-2015 10:21 AM
Matuva Marimo ball moss does fine in my brakish tank, and my Opae like it
11-16-2015 07:41 AM
Laika
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anyway knowing that opae ula lives in pH 7.5 and above. is there any soil or substrate that can allow growing of plants too? alot suggestions were sand. but I want to do a plant carpet. any suggestions?

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These guys live in brackish water, you will be lucky to find any plants that thrive in it.
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