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Another Creature From The Lake
March 23, 2010
2:39 am
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johnpeten
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We have finally spotted a freshwater clam. These formed part of the diet of the Ancient Maya and the modern population so they have become rare. They are also hard to see in the small gravel and other substrate.
I guess these are in the family Sphaeriidae.

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March 23, 2010
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This morning I noticed that the Clam had disappeared. Then I saw that it had buried itself in the substrate. How it managed to do this is amazing.
Perhaps it had a chat with the eel and enlisted its help. /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

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March 24, 2010
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Pretty cool John, do they feed just by filtering the water?

March 24, 2010
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QUOTE (Bluedave @ Mar 24 2010, 07:31 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Pretty cool John, do they feed just by filtering the water?


Apparently that is exactly what they do and burying themselves in the substrate is normal.
They are hard to maintain in an Aquarium as the water quality is too clean for them.

Oh well, just another brief interesting adventure.

March 24, 2010
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I looked at some green freshwater mussels a few years back - can't remember where now but after some research was advised that aquarium water is too clean for them - very difficult to feed.

Just another brief interesting adventure eh......wish I could have just one of your brief adventures!

March 26, 2010
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Hey John is it still alive and if so what are you feeding it?

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March 26, 2010
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QUOTE (Matt @ Mar 26 2010, 09:05 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hey John is it still alive and if so what are you feeding it?


Hard to tell its state of health. I am watching it closely and it is a little higher out of the substrate this morning. It has to fend for itself but if it is apparently still alive tomorrow, it goes back into the Lake.

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