Freshwater Bivalve Mollusks

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anyone keep freshwater clams? I am completely ignorant right now about keeping them in aquaria.
 

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We used to at my LFS store; pain in the butts those things were sometimes, but we (mostly me...) did manage to keep them alive for quite awhile. Kind of interesting to have
 
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I one would have to hand feed them since the water column is so clean in aquariums. is that a fair assumption to make?
 

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We actually used to keep it in one of our "blackwater" (it wasn't really black...more like medium-stained from tannins) display tanks which we pretty much just let overgrow with plants and stuff so there was algae to filter feed. But I used to use varied kinds of algae wafers and as they dissolved, they'd filter feed from that. We also had to use calcium tablets.
 
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do they anchor or are they mobile. what is their nature and behavior? is there a good source of information i can be lead to?
 

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They don't necessarily anchor as in stay in one spot permanently, they do move around, but only a teeny bit; not enough for you to really notice. They can dig into the substrate tho, and sometimes you'll find them peeking out a bit. Tbh, they don't really do much, nothing to really picque intrest other than someone saying "I didn't know Freshwater clams existed!"

And sorry, I don't have a perfect all-around source for you; from way back when doing research, caring for them was sorta spotty and sparse and I worked to accumulate information.
 
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thanks for the xp, and i suppose that's precisely why id want to keep them, for the biological novelty not so much for ornamental aspect.
 
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