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What are these "pods" I found in my tank? [new pics]

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I've been finding a few of these now and then lying on my substrate. The larger one in the pic is about .5 cm. They start out pure white, these 2 have rotted a bit. They resemble tiny clam shells. I've found probably 5 or 6 total since I started the tank ~2 years ago.

In the past I had mystery snails, but I've googled images of their eggs and they don't match these at all. I currently have a ton of malaysian trumpet snails but I've read they birth live.

What the heck are they?

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More angles? They're looking like tiny clams to me.


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Yes, or mussels (Asian clams?? They are very invasive here in the US)

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what types of fish have you kept in your tank?
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what types of fish have you kept in your tank?
Just basic pet store fish - tetras, plays, mollies, a couple gourami.

I'll try to take some better pics and post them later.
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I just added new pics to the original post. If it's a clam or mussel, I wonder how they got in my tank?
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It looks more like a mussel. I love eating them lol. Clams are more triangle shaped. Did you collect any driftwood yourself?
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It looks more like a mussel. I love eating them lol. Clams are more triangle shaped. Did you collect any driftwood yourself?
Oh. Don't know why I didn't think about that! I bought a piece of pre-waterlogged driftwood online that I think was collected from a lake bottom.

Lots of places for critters to hide:
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If you didn't boil it that could be the source.
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I've read about a lot of people trying to keep clams or other mussels unsuccessfully... looks like you've been doing it by accident!
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The shell shape looks more like a mussel then a clam.

Also, I think most (maybe all?) mussels are sessile, whereas clams can burrow and move around.

babydragons is probably right, you probably had some in the larval stage come in on the driftwood.

would be interesting to see if you get an established population.
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Get rid of them now! Boil them, then throw them away. They are a huge problem in the Great Lakes and would only contribute to the problem. Never release non-native plants, fish, or invertebrates into the wild!

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I think I'll just keep an eye out for new ones at this point. They may have all bailed and died by now. Boiling that driftwood would require removing 5 anubias' from it first. When I bought it I was totally new to this hobby and didn't realize boiling would be a good idea, but now I know.

And knowing is something like 9/16 of the battle.
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Well as long as they are in your tank, they aren't hurting anything. Just be careful with them if you ever get rid of anything from your tank.
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