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Old 02-16-2013, 02:19 AM   #481
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Babies still holding on tight!
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:59 AM   #482
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One of the white opae ula.
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:00 AM   #483
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A shot of the end of the tank.
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:08 AM   #484
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:09 PM   #485
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I have a 1.5 gallon opae ula tank that has 50+ shrimp and 2 small nerite snails. It has been going strong for over 6 months. For most of this time some shrimp have a marble or white appearance. Does this always indicate something is wrong? I feed them a combo of spirulina, hiikari algae wafers and some algae pellets that the seller provided. Thanks for any replies!
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:28 PM   #486
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"Does this always indicate something is wrong?"

What are your water params? Those are the first things people need to know to help ya.
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:34 PM   #487
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I've never tested; was wondering if anyone who checks params have seen this before
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:40 PM   #488
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Hi NYC,

Not sure what you mean by "marbled" , but it's normal for opae ula to come in various colors. In my tanks their colors range from white to brilliant red. A number of them have the "rili" look: red on each end with white in the middle.

Have any bred for you yet?
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:45 PM   #489
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Hi Rob,

Thanks for reply! By marbled I meant a combination of white and red. I prefer the bright red that some of mine have. I think some have bred as I have seen really small ones but I have a floor of coral so hard to tell as they can stay hidden.

Do you think I should buy a kit to test the water? If so what test do you recommend (sorry, don't have much knowledge of the hobby yet!)

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Old 02-16-2013, 03:22 PM   #490
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Your shrimp sound normal to me, Steven.

It's always good to keep an eye on ammonia, nitrites and nitrates. There are test kits for those at most petshops. Both ammonia and nitrites should measure zero and nitrates as low as possible. If any of those are high you'll need to do a partial water change.

You should also be aware of the percentage of salt vs water in the tank, which is called "specific gravity". You'll find various gadgets at aquarium stores that measure that. That's especially important to know when you're doing your water changes, as you'll want your replacement water at about the same SG as the old water in your tank.

Those are the only parameters I keep an eye on unless something goes bad in one of my tanks. Which with Opae Ula is very rare.

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Many thanks Rob - greatly appreciate the help!
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Old 02-16-2013, 03:49 PM   #492
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You're welcome, Steven. We all want our little bugs happy and healthy! :-)

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Nice white shrimp. Not pale but white. If you can could you get a side shot picture.
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I'll try that next time I see him, Ken.
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While looking for the white opae ula I found this:
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