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New to the forum - newish tank

PostPosted:21 May 2020 01:11
by Kivyee
Hey everyone,
Started my Opae ula journey approximately a year ago now - they are in a 5 gallon with a matten style filter and the jetlift at a very low flow. I have some marimo moss that's been in there since the beginning. They are doing pretty well now and seem to have adapter to the brackish environment (15 PPT). I have 3 nerite snails and a bunch of Malaysia trumpet snails in there, all adapted from fresh water. The MTS needs to be culled ever so often...I don't want them eating up all the algae :smile:
I've only done top ups w distilled water - no water changes since the tank started. I feed rarely, once every two weeks or so, if that. I put a small piece of freshwater shrimp food in there, or feed them snail jelly that I make from spinach, Spirulina and calcium tablets.
About 6 months ago I had my first berried shrimp - there's since been 4 batches of larvae in the tank :). Future plans include transferring my berried amano shrimp into this tank and seeing if I can get the larvae to survive. I tried once w full strength sea water but unfortunately lost the batch when I had to go out of town and couldn't keep up w the feeding.

Here are the pictures of my Opae ula tank.
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Re: New to the forum - newish tank

PostPosted:23 May 2020 15:32
by opae ula related
Nice. Lots of hiding spaces.

Re: New to the forum - newish tank

PostPosted:25 May 2020 09:43
by odin
Welcome to the forum! I can see why you are getting berried shrimp in your tank, like OUR has said there are lots of hiding spots for them and they must feel right at home.

Re: New to the forum - newish tank

PostPosted:25 May 2020 16:38
by Kivyee
Thanks, yeah I didn't realize how many spots to hide there are in the crushed coral - I made the mistake of moving some things around and moved the crushed coral around - I suspect I probably lost a few opae ula to that :(.

On a slightly different topic, I'm still looking for a good source of the black sea fan corals - so far all the ones I've seen are very expensive...Anyone has any good sources in North America?

Re: New to the forum - newish tank

PostPosted:25 May 2020 16:50
by odin
I purchase one from etsy so it’s worth looking on there, if not you can buy very natural looking plastic ones online.


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Re: New to the forum - newish tank

PostPosted:27 May 2020 08:34
by moriker
Seafans are generally expensive everywhere! I found a bunch in my LFS and quickly snapped them up. They cost like $8.50 per piece!

Re: New to the forum - newish tank

PostPosted:27 May 2020 20:22
by Kivyee
That's not bad! The ones online I've found are more like $30+ a piece - though they are likely larger pieces. Would be very happy with a $8.50 one! :grinning:

Re: New to the forum - newish tank

PostPosted:28 May 2020 12:00
by moriker
Yeah I'm not sure why the Etsy, amazon etc are so expensive. You might want to try your local fish shop!

Re: New to the forum - newish tank

PostPosted:03 Jun 2020 15:57
by edenling
Hi there, I'm curious, how long would it be till maintenance is needed on the filter?

Re: New to the forum - newish tank

PostPosted:05 Jun 2020 07:56
by Kivyee
I'm not really super concerned about maintaining the filter since it's such low flow anyway. Just an additional place for bacteria to "nest" so to speak :)