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 #8939  by ccaulfield
 03 Mar 2020 23:20
Aloha kakou!

I live in Honolulu and am working on setting up my first opae ula tank.

Just found out that the 7w LED light I ordered for my tank was delayed for a month.

I want to start prepping my tank sooner than that, but the only other light I have is a 3.5W desk lamp and is much shorter than the 7W light I custom-ordered for my tank.

Do you think I could cycle the tank for two weeks with the short 3.5W and then once my final light arrives switch them out? Would this affect how/where the algae forms? I would wait at least two weeks once the 7W arrives before adding opae.

Mahalo for all the information on this forum! It’s an amazing community and I can’t wait to learn more.

-CC
 #8943  by opae ula related
 04 Mar 2020 02:49
ccaulfield wrote:Thanks!

I plan on buying them from Brad at Oh My Opae (https://www.ohmyopae.com/). He lives not too far from my house so he said I could just pick them up to avoid the delivery fee.

That's my plan at least! If anyone else has experience buying opae/ snails on Oahu I'd love to hear how it went!
No minimum when you pick up. He has lohena for $5 if he has them Image He gets his shrimp from the big island, fyi, so they are not from Oahu.
 #8949  by ccaulfield
 04 Mar 2020 23:33
Small world!

I read somewhere (this forum maybe? somewhere else? don't remember) that opae from Oahu tend to be lighter while Big Island shrimps are brighter red. Which would be great bc I'm doing an entirely black tank scape so hopefully the shrimps will really pop!
 #8950  by opae ula related
 04 Mar 2020 23:44
ccaulfield wrote:Small world!

I read somewhere (this forum maybe? somewhere else? don't remember) that opae from Oahu tend to be lighter while Big Island shrimps are brighter red. Which would be great bc I'm doing an entirely black tank scape so hopefully the shrimps will really pop!
Yes per the book”Hawaiian Anchialine Pools” book they state that.

Yes, since you buying in person, you can probably choose Image.