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Golden Clams - Corbicula Fluminea
May 23, 2009
1:51 am
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WaterRaven
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I stumbled across some golden clams for an awesome price on ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAP.....dll?ViewIt...em=330330470238

The bid has ended, but I am sure another similar item will be up from this seller again and I am very curious about these little clams.

The only information I have found on them so far is on this website:
http://www.aquaticcommunity.co.....enclam.php

And I was wondering, if anyone here keeps them, if this site is accurate in care and information?

Someone on another community said that they will not breed in tropical tanks and someone else mentioned that they read some clams are harmful to fish?

Would love to read some thoughts, experience and advice.

Thanks so much,
WaterRaven

May 24, 2009
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Interesting blurb especially in the first link. /blink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blink:" border="0" alt="blink.gif" />

Cake or death?
May 24, 2009
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QUOTE (Matt @ May 24 2009, 01:41 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Interesting blurb especially in the first link. /blink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blink:" border="0" alt="blink.gif" />

Hey /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

Thanks for responding!

I agree, I think it is very interesting. It sounds great, the clams filtering the water as they feed naturally. promoting plant growth, cute antics moving though the soil etc however, someone on another community said they thought they read the clams were dangerous somewhere. So, now I'm hesitant to put them in any of my tanks.

I'll keep searching for further material on them, I suppose, does not seem like many people have them, though it looks like a lot of people have viewed the post /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

Thanks again,
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May 25, 2009
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Let us know when you have more info. I find it very hard to believe these feed on fish waste as the seller has claimed.

Cake or death?
May 25, 2009
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QUOTE (Matt @ May 25 2009, 02:24 PM)
Let us know when you have more info. I find it very hard to believe these feed on fish waste as the seller has claimed.



Hey Matt,

I do not mean to keep pulling from other forums, but that seems to be where most of the information is:

http://www.aquariacentral.com/.....p?t=145361

That discussion is referencing how hard it is to keep the golden clams alive (and it suggests they do not live long) and are Asian in origin. They do not use a fish as a host when breeding as some mussels apparently do, but it reads that they are difficult to feed and that when one dies, it can be detrimental to the other inhabitants of the aquarium.

However, this article says they can live for years if fed properly and does not seem to think the clam is a danger to other inhabitants:
http://blogs.thatpetplace.com/.....atfishblog...ental-aquarium/

Only that other inhabitants such as some shrimp, may be a danger to them.

On a side note, it looks like they will filter debris and waste from the water, but not nitrite/nitrates or ammonia. It looks like you'd have to go out of your way to feed them if you do not want them to starve because a lot of tanks tend to be on the cleaner side with filtration/water changes etc

Interesting stuff. Some might enjoy the challenge of keeping them, where as others may feel it's not worth the hassle.

May 26, 2009
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I'm sure i've read about/seen these somewhere - just can't remember where!!

From what I remember they remove detritus from the water and do absorb some nutrients from the water (i'm sure they absorb heavy metals - I remember diving for freshwater clams in france one year when I was young and we were going to eat them for dinner but one of the locals told us that they were dangerous to eat due to a local factory dumping something into the lake - me dad made us throw them back after spending all afternoon diving for them!).

They will need supplemental feeding in the aquarium as our aquariums are far too 'clean' for them to ever get enough food from out of the water. Good water movement is also essential. I think they very quickly pollute the tank when they die, which can cause some big problems.

Might be worth experimetning with them in a tank on their own to start with? You can let us know all about them then!

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