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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-16-2010, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Wild snails and clams?

I was curious about if you could put wild snails and clams in your aquarium as a clean up crew i live in maine by a river so i have tons readily available.
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Here is some information regarding clams; in short, it is not a good idea to use them.



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Wink Mixing Exotics with Natives and ViceVersa

I've added native snails to my tanks in the past but I would never do that again unless maybe I was starting a native setup. If you had pictures, Id like to see them though. I've also mixed native fish with exotics..

The issue with mixing native and exotic species together is that the parasites, funguses, viruses, and..whatnots (for lack of a better word) would be different from what the exotic fish would be accustomed. For example I would never throw a native snail into my tank with Cardinal
Tetras because snails can carry different lifecycles of parasites and bad stuff (again for a lack of better words hehe).

This applies to mixing most native and exotic species, not just snails and tetras.

With all that being said, I betcha most people in this forum have had their "experimental" phase in the hobby.

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Be aware also that many species of native freshwater clams (mussels) are in fact endangered species, and thus highly illegal to have in possession.

North American mussels have really been hammered by environmental changes such as dams, water pollution and exotic species. Many of them are going extinct.
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Clams are very protected here in MN. And yeah, they say wild snails can carry some bad diseases, so if you have non-native fish, I wouldn't risk infecting them.
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