opae ula related wrote:Awesome! Bat you are involved with the magazine? I can't seem to use google to translate. Can someone?
Here you go!
Hi there, I'm Tom from the Opaeula.co.uk forums and I'm extremely flattered to of been asked to write the editorial section of CrustaNews this month! Let me start out by saying that growing up as a child in the United Kingdom my parents never had any fish tanks and that is where my fascination came from and i am making up for lost time! as of writing this article i currently have 4 shrimp tanks running, 1 freshwater and 3 brackish.
My main love is for the Opae ula shrimp, my whole website is based on this species of Hawaiian brackish water shrimp and revolves around helping keepers care for, maintain and setup a healthy living environment for this awesome long living shrimp. As the Opae ula shrimp lives for roughly 20 years I feel it's important to keep them comfy and healthy for the duration of their life's plus if you do things correct you will also be granted the gift of reproduction too!
These guys require zero water changes, only need feeding once a fortnight and even that may be too often! They grow to roughly half the size of your standard freshwater shrimp so you can keep them in a much smaller tank and although Opae ula should be kept in brackish water they laugh in the face of water parameter swings, they can survive in fresh waters all the way up to full on marine water if they have to (thanks to their ability to live in areas with tidal change from the sea mixing with fresh waters from the mainland). They really are an awesome and super easy shrimp to keep!
Hopefully one day I will get he chance to travel out to the big island in Hawaii and visit the alkaline pools where the shrimp live in the wild and I get to see first hand how they live and what plants grow naturally in their ponds. The only problem with visiting a country like this would be the issue of never wanting to return home!
Before I sign off I'd like to talk about my freshwater tank, this is my fiancées shrimp tank and it is a large 130 litre heavily planted tank filled with orange, red and yellow cherry shrimp. I'm amazed by the cherry shrimp species and their resilience to differing water conditions is simply spectacular, they are the perfect starter shrimp for anyone wanting to start out shrimp keeping and are very hardy. We started out with around 10 red cherry shrimp that began to breed pretty fast by which point we decided to buy an extra plant for the tank. A couple of months later we had a huge influx of baby orange shrimp and couldn't understand where they came from and we narrowed it down too the plant we had purchased, they were hitchhikers that survived an hour long journey out of water in the plant which the store bagged up for us! Pro tip: If you ever want free shrimp purchase plants that are growing in a shrimp tank, you won't regret it.
While keeping this short and sweet I hope you enjoyed reading a little about me and my tanks, I am always only an email away to help with anything Opae ula related and always have time for other shrimp keepers.
All the best shrimp keepers!