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Freshwater bivalve

Mussels are bivalve molluscs. Bivalves are the group of molluscs that includes clams, mussels, oysters and such, and are related to the molluscan groups such as snails, slugs, chitons, octopuses and squids. They are protected by two shells hinged by a tough, elastic membrane. They move about by protruding a broad, tongue-shaped muscle (the foot) into the sand, then pulling themselves slowly forward.

Live freshwater mussels live in many types of habitat, ranging from small ditches and ponds, to lakes, canals, and rivers. As natural filter feeders, freshwater mussels strain out suspended particles and pollutants from the water column and help improve water quality. Their filter feeding activity also cleanses the water by removing bacteria, algae, and organic material. Mussels can filter up to 10 gallons of water per day, which helps to improve water quality for other animals in your system. Feeding and breathing is accomplished by sucking water and micro-organisms in through openings between the shell. The result of this is extremely clear water as the mussel acts as a living filter.

Freshwater mussels, crayfish and freshwater prawns are among the other aquatic animals you can raise inside an aquaponics system. They can be very beneficial for example, mussels are a great filter-feeder meaning they will effectively clean the water. The Yabby, a freshwater crayfish will do well in cool/tropical and spacious waters and they breed readily and grow fast. Without any symbionts to illuminate, of course, mussels do not have any specific requirements for light, so that is one less thing to worry about when keeping these animals. It is certainly true that mussels such as these are very hardy creatures.

Live aquarium plants continuously shed edible plant matter into the water column. In most cases, feeding a Freshwater Clam naturally occurring edible material is not enough. It may be necessary to supplement a clam's diet with very finely ground Calcium enriched pellets or tablets, fish flakes or algae wafers. Freshwater mussels are equally comfortable in tropical or cold water. They are not fussy about the type of water they live in, as long as it is oxygen rich.