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Substrate For Golden Clams

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish and Invertebrates' started by Jamie1114, Apr 4, 2019.

  1. Jamie1114New MemberMember

    I have a nicely planted, hard water 20g for my mollies and would like to add a clam. The tank has standard gravel, I'm wondering if that's fine enough for clams? I could add a patch of dirt/sand since they don't seem to travel far, if at all. But how do you siphon during water changes and not lose all the fine substrate, doesn't it shoot up the tube?
     
  2. scarfaceFishlore VIPMember

    I suppose it would depend on the size of gravel. The problem with adding sand is that it will eventually settle underneath the gravel. Here's a quick video of someone else's clam digging into pea gravel just fine:
     
  3. Zigi ZigWell Known MemberMember

  4. Jamie1114New MemberMember

    This is great, thanks!

    Thanks Zigi, this looks like my tank!
     
  5. aussieJJDudeWell Known MemberMember

    Some people also reccomend having them in a small container filled with sand, for ease with target feeding and removal if it dies.
     
  6. Jamie1114New MemberMember

    Good idea! I ordered two so I'll experiment.
     
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