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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 01-23-2013, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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Question what type of clam is this?

what type of clam is this?


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post #2 of 39 (permalink) Old 01-23-2013, 10:16 PM
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Can you post another pic, from this point it looks like a type of mussel more than a clam

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Oops not about the clam but where did you find the rhyolite gravel?
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Oops not about the clam but where did you find the rhyolite gravel?

got the gravel from pets at home


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Can you post another pic, from this point it looks like a type of mussel more than a clam
best photo i can get, i think your right its a mussel not a clam, probably called a freshwater mussel, pets at home said it was freshwater clam but i think their just misleading me, i don't mind if its a mussel or a clam though, i like the way it looks either way.


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A quick Google search returns this image for freshwater mussel:



If this looks like what you have, then you indeed have a freshwater mussel! :) I can't be any more specific than that, but there probably are a few different species of them. Good luck with it, it's a pretty interesting addition to you aquarium!

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Have looked on some sites about Freshwater Mussels, I think that's what I've got. Seems they help to filter the water. Useful little things, might well be getting some more for the other tanks.

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Don't buy any more of them.

Mollusks cannot survive in home aquariums. There's not enough food for them & basically you're just letting them starve. Once they finally croak after a month or two.... they're going to foul up the water & poison everything in your tank.

Also they NEED sand to burrow into, the gravel in your tank aren't going to do anything other than leave them open for attacks from other inhabitants which will cause them to "CLAM UP".

In the wild, mollusks are buried right underneath the surface so they can feed off the microbes/algae in whatever body of water they live in.

Extremely useful invertebrates in the wild, but in an aquarium because of their lack of mobility to locate food for themselves they're completely useless & a waste of money.

Invest your money on LIVE aquatic plants instead of these slow moving shelled bio-hazards.

Last time I checked those things were were $2-$3 each.
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