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A dedicated forum and online store for the Opae ula shrimp! 

This section is to discuss anything Opae ula shrimp and brackish water related. e.g Nerite snails, algae etc..
 #6189  by Algae In Space
 18 Dec 2018 08:49
Melijayne wrote: 18 Dec 2018 07:06
Algae In Space wrote: 18 Dec 2018 00:00
Melijayne wrote: 17 Dec 2018 22:16 Hi everyone! I'm a new opaeula owner!!! I'm hoping to learn lots from you guys and give my shrimps the best environment 😊
All done for you!! 😊😊

Welcome!

Please if you may participate in my Opae Ula Questionnaire: https://goo.gl/forms/vsBC0NOlZ0LrGNoX2

Sweet! :blush:
 #6191  by odin
 18 Dec 2018 19:48
Welcome to our community forum! :happy:
 #6235  by Scaredy Shrimp
 20 Dec 2018 17:51
Hello! I'm Scaredy Shrimp, and I live on the east coast USA.

I don't have any shrimp yet, but I'm moving my fish downstairs and I'd love a low maintenance replacement for them in my bedroom. These little guys seem like a great choice for the empty 10 gallon (about 38 litres) tank that I've had sitting around!

It doesn't seem like many people in the mainland US keep these shrimp outside of the crummy little spheres, so this place has been a great resource for me :smile:

I hope to get my shrimp within the next few months so that I can share them with everyone here
 #6236  by odin
 20 Dec 2018 18:00
Scaredy Shrimp wrote:Hello! I'm Scaredy Shrimp, and I live on the east coast USA.

I don't have any shrimp yet, but I'm moving my fish downstairs and I'd love a low maintenance replacement for them in my bedroom. These little guys seem like a great choice for the empty 10 gallon (about 38 litres) tank that I've had sitting around!

It doesn't seem like many people in the mainland US keep these shrimp outside of the crummy little spheres, so this place has been a great resource for me :smile:

I hope to get my shrimp within the next few months so that I can share them with everyone here
Welcome to the forum! I'm glad you are enjoying the forum and if you need any help with the shrimp or tank just put up a post and one of us will help strait away. :happy:

Once your tank is setup and ready with shrimp you will only need to top up the evaporated water and that is all! They really are low maintenance and active/fun to watch shrimp that uses the whole water column unlike fresh water shrimp that favor the substrate and plants/rocks mostly.
 #6240  by tzg
 21 Dec 2018 02:54
Scaredy Shrimp wrote: 20 Dec 2018 17:51 Hello! I'm Scaredy Shrimp, and I live on the east coast USA.

I don't have any shrimp yet, but I'm moving my fish downstairs and I'd love a low maintenance replacement for them in my bedroom. These little guys seem like a great choice for the empty 10 gallon (about 38 litres) tank that I've had sitting around!

It doesn't seem like many people in the mainland US keep these shrimp outside of the crummy little spheres, so this place has been a great resource for me :smile:

I hope to get my shrimp within the next few months so that I can share them with everyone here
welcome and cant wait to see your new setup!
 #6243  by Scaredy Shrimp
 21 Dec 2018 11:21
Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!

These guys definitely seem to be the lowest maintenance aquarium that a person could have while still being fun to watch!

I did have one question, which is whether or not I should use the spare sponge filter I have for their tank? I'm used to fish which almost always need filters due to their bioload but I've read some people saying that the opae ula don't like the water movement. It would be hidden behind a rock wall, so I don't know if that changes anything.

Any opinions would be appreciated :smile:
 #6247  by Algae In Space
 21 Dec 2018 12:41
Scaredy Shrimp wrote: 21 Dec 2018 11:21 Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!

These guys definitely seem to be the lowest maintenance aquarium that a person could have while still being fun to watch!

I did have one question, which is whether or not I should use the spare sponge filter I have for their tank? I'm used to fish which almost always need filters due to their bioload but I've read some people saying that the opae ula don't like the water movement. It would be hidden behind a rock wall, so I don't know if that changes anything.

Any opinions would be appreciated :smile:

HI!

Sounds nice. Looking forwards to your Opae Ula. :grin:

I can tell you that Opae Ula are not crazy about water movement. I had a filter in my first tank. It was only on for 30 mins a day. They didn't like it too much... On the other hand if the tank is large enough (Dennis in Hawaii has a large tank with Opae Ula and a pump) it could work. I know you think a tank without a filter goes against my very instinct but it's better not to have one IMHO after setting up my second tank. The Opaes "bioload" is good for the biofilm in the long run. If the tank is not working as planned you could use something like MICROBE LIFT Special Blend. It is my secret weapon. I used it to start my second tank and everything is wonderful. It's just bacteria in a bottle. I put the Opae in from day one - no cycling.
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 #6249  by tzg
 21 Dec 2018 17:10
Algae In Space wrote: 21 Dec 2018 12:41
Scaredy Shrimp wrote: 21 Dec 2018 11:21 Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!

These guys definitely seem to be the lowest maintenance aquarium that a person could have while still being fun to watch!

I did have one question, which is whether or not I should use the spare sponge filter I have for their tank? I'm used to fish which almost always need filters due to their bioload but I've read some people saying that the opae ula don't like the water movement. It would be hidden behind a rock wall, so I don't know if that changes anything.

Any opinions would be appreciated :smile:

HI!

Sounds nice. Looking forwards to your Opae Ula. :grin:

I can tell you that Opae Ula are not crazy about water movement. I had a filter in my first tank. It was only on for 30 mins a day. They didn't like it too much... On the other hand if the tank is large enough (Dennis in Hawaii has a large tank with Opae Ula and a pump) it could work. I know you think a tank without a filter goes against my very instinct but it's better not to have one IMHO after setting up my second tank. The Opaes "bioload" is good for the biofilm in the long run. If the tank is not working as planned you could use something like MICROBE LIFT Special Blend. It is my secret weapon. I used it to start my second tank and everything is wonderful. It's just bacteria in a bottle. I put the Opae in from day one - no cycling.
do u think MICROBE LIFT Special Blend cause your tank to have algae boom?
 #6250  by Algae In Space
 21 Dec 2018 18:06
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do u think MICROBE LIFT Special Blend cause your tank to have algae boom?
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No I don't think so. It should be the other way around... I use it just like it says in the instructions to kickstart the tank from day one. As I see it one skips the regular cycling (diatom and so on). I will reduce the Special Blend in the next few weeks and will see what happens.
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