20+ Freshwater Clams/Mussels aquarium biofilter algae pond For Sale -
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20+ Freshwater Clams/Mussels aquarium biofilter algae pond:
Temperature: 65-85 F (preferably). Freshwater clams have a high range of tolerable temperatures. They can easily overwinter outdoors as long as the pond is at least 3 feet deep and has a decent amount of substrate.
Feeding: Algae water (green water), shed plant material, leftover fish food, and other organic detritus, etc. Freshwater clams are not picky eaters and should easily find food in a pond with some bioactivity. They do a great deal of water filtering and can remove organic material that would otherwise foul up your pond, such as leftover fish food. They do a great job of filtering out algae particles in the water, which make the pond “green”. Preferably, the pond should have some water circulation; ideally put the clams near some water flow.
Housing: (10 gallons and above). The clams should have some substrate to borrow in. Tankmates shouldn’t be a problem.
pH and water: (6.8 – 8.0) Preferably, the water should be on the harder side, but a little under 7.0 should be okay. The clams need hard water to develop their shells. Green and murky water is perfectly suitable to them, as they will filter out microbes and particles in the water to eat. They are hardy and do well with a wide range of water types. Invertebrates in general are sensitive to copper.
Lighting: The lighting isn’t consequential.
Notes: Dead clams have open shells, and are visible, live clams are closed and have extending siphons.