Opae Ula "Red Volcano Shrimp" Anyone interested?
I'm looking to do a group order of these shrimp...
Opae Ula Shrimp Halocaridina Rubra
(A.K.A. Hawaiian Micro-Lobsters, Hawaiian volcano shrimp)
are one of the hardiest shrimp in the world, and are native to volcanic alchaline pools in hawaii.
What makes them so hardy?
They are true survivors...
They can live up to 3-5 years with next to no food.
They can adapt to everything from soft water to 2x strength seawater as long as the change is gradual.
They can survive indefinately in brackish water without waterchanges, andtopped off with RO water.
They can live up to 20+ years in an ideal enviroment.
They shed like normal shrimp, but in poor conditions they will actually shrink when they shed.
Despite the fact that they are nearly invulnerable, they are at risk of going extinct because their hative pools are beingconverted to koi and food-fish ponds at an alarming rate. They look like rcs, but are roughly half the size and much more red. They are very nutritious, but I can't exactly encourage their use as a food for seahorses and such. In a invert-only reef tank, their larvae could easily feed a wide variety of filter feeders.
For my group buy, the prices would be roughly $1.50 per shrimp, plus $12 shipping from my house to yours. I don't plan on placing the order for a couple months, but please post here if interested.
It might be our last chance to get these shrimp:
Their habitat is rapidly dwindling, plus hawaii is currently discussing a ban on their export (which would do nothing to save the Opae Ula).
Please post however many you would like. Feel free to go ahead and send the payment, but if I can't put together a group buy of at least 50, it might not be economically viable.
The more we can purchase, the lower the price will go.
Please post here, and pm me with any questions, which I will add to the "faq" below.
Are they plant-safe?
-YES. If you're going to set up a brackish tank, then a SG of 1.005-1.008 is okay for several plants like hygrophila, bacopa, vallisneria, mosses, and hard-water crypts.
where are you ordering from?
I actually dont have the link right now.
They're harvested from a man-made private pond they are bred in.
So I know its been quite a while since this thread was posted, sorry for reviving it, but are you still working on this or did you do it already? I would definitely be interested.
Crazy cool shrimp... Got my curiousity too!
are we all jumping on the volcano shrimp wagon?or are we too late?
not too late. :O
When do you plan to order?
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could you link the scholarly article or other research or websites that talk about these guys? I'm interested in reading about them.
Hawaii Opae Ula, Volcano Red Shrimp, Hawaiian red shrimp, Microlobsters, Micro-lobsters, rare Hawaiian red shrimp I found this on internet.... I am definitely "in" I am thinking a trial size amount 20-25 if that will help get to the large order size.....
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