By Diane Ako
Will & Bill are still alive and kicking as of this writing. Opae ula are very hardy, in certain ways.
I have stepped up my interest in shrimps and have read most every website about shrimp- not just the information about opae ula, but also about the types of other shrimp that people raise, as well as how to keep them. If one can get the water conditions correct, opae ula are certainly the lowest maintenance.
To that end, I've also started reading websites on measuring salinity and water conditions. I wonder how to get access to a hydrometer?
Ironically, though my father was an avid aquarium hobbyist with a dozen or so tanks during my childhood, his interest is really focused on fish, so my shrimp issues are of marginal concern to him. I think I've tired him with my talking.
I've turned to online forums. I've only joined one discussion thread, but haven't ruled out joining others. I have started recognizing terms people use in the forums (ie, CRS).
I've also called my shrimps' vendor to have her troubleshoot my system crash. She thinks I introduced a Marimo ball too soon without proper acclimation from fresh to brackish, which then released toxins into the water.
There's a breeder oft quoted on the web, Fuku Bonsai. I happen to have a bonsai from them, coincidentally. They invite people to stop by and see their farm in Kurtistown. "I want to go there," I told Claus.
My mother is maybe the most surprised by it all. "I can't believe you caught the bug," she chuckled.
"I know, it's weird," I acknowledged. I never thought I'd be this interested in anything aquatic, but the little shrimp fascinate me.
My best girlfriend Jen laughed to hear of all this. "You really are your father's daughter," she said. I guess in that aspect, she's right.