Opa`e Ula - Halocaridina rubra
These fun litttle shrimp are actually native to the Hawaiian
Islands and can mostly be found in ponds near the ocean
on the Big Island and Maui.  They really don't care about
the salinity of the water they're in, but we're told that the
more saline the water is, the better the color of the shrimp.
These little guys have been available in the pet trade for
decades, enjoying a recent resurgence entombed in
sealed containers little larger than a cellular phone.  
Contrary to popular belief, they don't thrive in these
environments, they only survive, slowly starving over a
period of years until they finally expire.
It is true however, that they require very little care.  We
recommend changing the water once per year.  This
simple step will let your shrimps live out a full and happy
life, which can reach 20 years or more!
 Native Hawaiian Shrimp!
 Caring For Your Shrimp
we're still working on
cycling the new shrimp
tanks, so sorry... no
photos available yet!
we're still working on
cycling the new shrimp
tanks, so sorry... no
photos available yet!
They don't require much in the way of daily care; none at all,
in fact.  They DO require some periodic maintenance though:
  • Keep the pond in some kind of light - artificial lighting
    is fine.
  • Sometimes, algae will grow on the container walls.  If
    this happens, just take a bit of napkin and wipe off the
    excess growth.
  • Once per year, change out the water in the tank.     
    Carefully remove about 80% of the water and slowly
    add in fresh FILTERED seawater.  Filtered seawater is
    available free from Anuenue Fisheries at Sand Island
    or from the Waikiki Aquarium if you're a member.  You
    can make your own from kits available at pet stores.