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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-21-2004, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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freshwater clams

hi, i was wondering if anybody has kept any fw clams before? did it have any impact on your tank? how difficult are they to take care of? do you even see them after you put them in your tank?

i am planning on getting some in the semi distant future, and just thought i'd ask the experts,
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I remember a several thread on these already. If you do the search you should be able to dig them up (not intended).

All I remember people saying about them is: clams = boring. They just bury into the substrate and sit there, and never move. You can't even know if they are dead or not. I don't think they need any maintenance as they just filter feed whatever they can from the water.
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Years ago I sometimes kept a fresh water mussel. I would get one to clean up a cloudy water situation and it did that fast, in about two days. I then returned it to where I collected it.

These mussels were very active and a real pain, because they travelled all around the aquarium, uprooting plants as they went.

Clams are also filter feeders but I don't know if they travel around that much.

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I guess you could always eat them if they got boring? I have heard on a few sites, that sometimes its difficult to get clean ones as alot of the times they have filtered alot of crud during their lifespan.
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ok well if i end up getting some i'll have to let everybody know how it turns out...
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I tried freshwater clams, (not mussels) several years ago. They don't move, and they do not appear to eat, at least mine did not. Within two weeks they were all dead, or it took me that long to figure out they were dead from the smell... it was the most god awfull stench I have ever smelled in my life. It made me vomit to clean out the tank. It was very disgusting. Their bodies disintergrate into a jello very quickly, or perhaps more of an ooze... I had to tear down the entire tank, throw out the gravel and all the plants, and sterilize the tank to get rid of the smell. The stench lingered in my house for a few weeks!

Needless to say, that was my first and last experience with clams.

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huh, maybe i'll just hold off on the clams then....
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