List of item to prepare:
1) Jug with lid
2) Lava rock (small)
3) Coral sand
6) Refractometer or hydrometer
7) Marine aquarium salt
8) Small container
9) Measuring Jug
10) Aquarium air hose
11) Adjustable air valve
12) Clothes peg
14) Weighing scale
16) Distilled water
17) Volcano Shrimp (opae ula)
I prefer glass over plastic as it is less likely to scratch. The glass clarity is better and it is also easier to clean. The main disadvantage is the heavy weight.
Here I am using a VARDAGEN Jar with lid, clear glass 1.8 litres from ikea.
Choose a few pieces of lava rock small enough to fit in the jar.
Coral sand is bright. It contains calcium that also buffer the alkalinity of the water.
You will need a stirrer to dissolve the aquarium salt in distilled water.
You need a net or sieve to catch the volcano shrimp or opae ula.
You need a salinity refractometer or hydrometer to measure the salinity of the salt water solution.
Use a small container to temporary house the volcano shrimp (opae ula). We will use this container to adjust or acclimate the shrimp.
A measuring jar is used to measure the volume of water for the tank.
I use an aquarium air hose and an adjustable air valve to acclimate the volcano shrimp (opae ula).
You need a clothes peg to help you hold on to the air tubing.
The brick is used to elevate the jar of salt water.
If you do not wish to get a salinity refractometer or hydrometer, you can use a weighting scale to measure the weight of the sea salt.
Use a piece of paper to hold the sea salt
You can make your own distilled water or buy bottled distilled water for your volcano shrimp tank.
The tank size will determine the number of volcano shrimp (opae ula) you can keep. Usually for small tank, I will keep a population between 8 to 20 shrimps. This allow a higher ratio of having male and female shrimp.