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Fresh water Clams?

Has anyone had any experience keeping fresh water clams?



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Yup, I have one . He lives in a 3-gallon pure freshwater tank with some hardy live plants (mainly java ferns and water sprite). The substrate is a mixture of sand and smooth "river stones". There are also some rocks. An African Dwarf Frog lives in there too and I feed her near the clam so he can get some food. Sometimes I'll just aim a little towards his way. He eats mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, algae, and whatever the frog eats. Of course they aren't the most active animals in the world but you do see them moving around sometimes...mainly after water changes. You'll also see them filtering the food out of the water.

Honestly, he's very easy to care for and seems to be doing great. I don't add anything to the water besides dechlorinator and the occasional drop of plant fertilizer (pretty rarely). I'd imagine that like many inverts they are sensitive to water quality so keep up on testing and water changes. Live plants always help too.

Oh, and I think they prefer calmer water. My tank doesn't have a filter but I've never tried keeping clams in a filtered tank.




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How big is yours?how long have you had him? I did some reading around about them, and i was really interested, but then i read quite a few people saying you cant tell when they die, which means they can really muck up your tank before you know what hit ya. i would think you would notice if i hasn't moved in awhile, but i guess people don't.. makes me not wanna put one in with my guppies tho. They do sound like they would be a nice addition to a plant tank. after we move i would kinda like to do a heavily planted tank with a Betta in it, so maybe I'll add a clam too.



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How big is yours?how long have you had him? I did some reading around about them, and i was really interested, but then i read quite a few people saying you cant tell when they die, which means they can really muck up your tank before you know what hit ya. i would think you would notice if i hasn't moved in awhile, but i guess people don't.. makes me not wanna put one in with my guppies tho. They do sound like they would be a nice addition to a plant tank. after we move i would kinda like to do a heavily planted tank with a Betta in it, so maybe I'll add a clam too.
Hmm. I don't remember exactly when I got him but it was some time in spring.

I guess some people might not notice if they die but if you check on them on a regular basis it shouldn't be a big problem. Although they don't move much you will see them filtering stuff out of the water a lot. If you're worried just keep up on testing the water and if you notice any sudden changes then maybe move the clam to another tank if it hasn't been moving to see if it's really alive.

They are great for planted tanks and the best enviroment seems to be a tank with a deep sand bed (or a mixture of a few substrates), live plants, and a quiet filter/no filter. Since they aren't active they don't need a ton of room either.




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they sound so cool, the more i think about it the more i want one..

I seen these things to monitor ammonia levels in the foster&smith catalog the other day, have you had any experience with them?
Aquarium Water Quality & Testing: Seachem Ammonia Alert Device
ive seen other ones in pet stores but most say they only last a few weeks to a month, this is supposed to last a year?



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Nope, I haven't used those. I just use the drip tests. I would be worried that it would stop working and say the wrong thing. But that's just me being paranoid with my fish .




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Freshwater clams,eh?
Interesting.Where can I get info on them?

I have never seen them in stores here,even the specialtiy fish store here don't carry them.They did have freshwater flounders once tho!!





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ive only found them on here..
Tropical Freshwater Invertebrates for Aquariums: Freshwater Clam



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Freshwater clams,eh?
Interesting.Where can I get info on them?

I have never seen them in stores here,even the specialtiy fish store here don't carry them.They did have freshwater flounders once tho!!
There isn't much info online, unfortunately.

You'd probably have to order the clams online...they aren't common in petstores.




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Thanks,thats a little bit of info!




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