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Old 01-29-2013, 04:46 PM   #316
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Rob are your crabs in with your shrimp or in a separate tank?
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:58 PM   #317
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Hi Ken,

Think I noticed the first berried opae on January 12th. Has been interesting watching them, been patiently watching for larvae but thinking that's still at least a week away.

The crabs are in the Ebi tank.

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Old 01-29-2013, 06:00 PM   #318
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Oh. No bubbles in this tank, a very low flow on a tiny HOB that barely trickles.

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Old 01-29-2013, 06:38 PM   #319
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Sorry Rob my math is way off. The female holds the eggs for about five weeks. You should see a change in the eggs the week of February 7 with larvael release about a week later.
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Have you ever considered adding Nerites to the tank. I am seriously considering doing Opae and nerites in a 5 gallon.
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:52 PM   #321
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I had nerites in the tank for a short visit. They acted strange so I took them out. May try again with a longer acclimating period.

I do have a different type of snail native to opae pools in the tanks, pipipi, possibly. A nerite species, perhaps. Have MTSs too. They're breeding like mice, lol!

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Oh okay. Where did you get your pipipi from? Have you heard of Nerita polita?
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I have a couple extra I could send you if no one takes them before your tank is ready. Otherwise you may be able to get some from my source. I'll pm you his name.

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Need to look up N. polita.

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Okay sounds great. I plan to get something this week. What temp do you keep the tank. I was thinking of using black blasting sand, red lava rocks, and some crushed coral. What do you think.
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Thinking of getting the tank below tonight depending on the weather. Then just use sponge filters with black blasting sand and a pile of crushed coral with lava rocks sitting on top of that.

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Some say don't worry about heating a shrimp tank but I have heaters in most of them. I keep the opae tanks at about 78 degrees. Whether or not it's necessary, I don't know. But they are breeding so it's certainly not hurting.

Whatever substrate you use make sure it buffers the water to keep the pH high enough. Black aragonite sand and gravel is available in some stores.

These guys also need caves and crevices to hide in. Stacking rocks is a good way to provide those.

Some folks say that lava rock releases heavy metals in the water. If it does it hasn't bothered my shrimp.

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Old 01-30-2013, 12:09 AM   #328
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Think the LEDs in that set wouldn't provide enough light for macro algae should you want to try that in the future. Otherwise, it looks fine.

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As much as I want I think I will just put my plans on hold for the time being.
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Hey Rob! FYI, the Nerita polita is what I've been introducing to my Opae ula tank! So far so good but I think it's too early to guarantee survival. Ill let you know in a couple weeks if all well!
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