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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-18-2011, 10:51 PM
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Shinybetta, you seem to know a lot about them, can you tell us more? Like why they're not good betta tankmates and how to feed them?
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post #12 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-18-2011, 11:31 PM
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Clams require a decent current, which would disturb the betta. Also they need lots of organic material to eat, so they need a fairly large tank. If you want to keep one, it is best to keep them in a container buried in the substrate (sand), so they don't burrow into your substrate and die where you can't find them. I have never owned a clam, but I have read stuff online and seen wild ones.

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post #13 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-19-2011, 01:48 AM
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You know a lot more than me. Thanks for the info, shinybetta.
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post #14 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-19-2011, 03:10 AM
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I have a lot of clams in my tanks, but I wouldnt advise you not to. The main reason being that there isnt any current like shinybetta has pointed out. However, if you have a ten gallon with a good filter that supplies a pretty decent current, it should be fine. It would only work if you have other fish that eat flakes or if your betta eats flakes. The freshwater clams I have are fine eating tropical flakes that are small or crushed by the time it is near them to siphon up. It almost always is in my tank because the fish get the flakes first causing them to crush, then falling to them. Either way, my bettas are strange, they are fine with current(very short finned plakat) and they get along with other fish, therefore, I have successfully been able to keep them with clams :)
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post #15 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-19-2011, 08:14 AM
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Sometimes its funny to forget what you have around you, as far as natural resources go. Shinybetta said:
but I have read stuff online and seen wild ones.
. I go to my friends backyard and shablam we go canoeing into the back water flats and their everywhere with fiddler crabs on low tide:D

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post #16 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-19-2011, 09:22 AM
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Haha, that's the beauty of living on the coast. I'm about 30 minutes from the Sacramento delta so I have to travel a bit further to get to water.
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post #17 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-19-2011, 12:06 PM
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Boo to all of you! The most I got is a creek that you can sometimes find clams in but it's illegal to move them.

....Just keep swimming...

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post #18 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-19-2011, 12:16 PM
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Haha, I've never tried taking so much as a piece of driftwood from the delta let alone any clams or fish. I'm actually not even sure if there ARE clams in the delta.
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post #19 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-23-2011, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry everyone moved to college and their internet was down. :P I'm actually seriously thinking about not getting anymore bettas and having a regular community tank once all these die. (Horrid thought I know!) I have 3 in a divided 10gal. One of my males only likes a few gallons so the other two have plenty of room.
Alright I'll probably wait until I get my own place and a bigger tank; also I understand about their eating needs and I think I could adapt. I make sure all my pets are WELL fed. No hungry anything here. (I dislike Rosie and Alfonso because they are such pigs and make me feel bad about limiting them. :P)

Thanks for the tips.
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