When i was around 16 my then girlfriend purchased one of these for my birthday:
I cant fully blame her because i wanted one for ages and the shrimp survived/lasted for around 2 years, once they died i used the ball as an ornament but my dog knocked it over and it smashed on the floor. I wanted to know for ages what the shrimp were but i couldn't find any information online at the time as that was about 17 years ago. At around 2015 i looked into these shrimp again and found what they were and had to get some so i did my research and with some trial and error i got a decent amount of happy and breeding Opae ula shrimp! I already had freshwater shrimp for a number of years previously so i wasn't 'new' to keeping shrimp.
It wasn't the easy factor to keeping these shrimp that made them so attractive to keep but how long they live for and how adaptable they are and i found this amazing. Not many people in the UK keep this shrimp and they were incredibly hard to source over here so that is where i thought id do my part and help get these guys available for everyone in the UK to enjoy. With their numbers dwindling in the wild i think its important to keep this species alive.