Originally Posted by Cavan Allen
Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't a lot of them have a parasitic, pelagic larval stage? But can they really be kept successfully anyway? I'd assume they're tricky to keep, just like filter feeding shrimp.
I suspect you are confusing clams with Unionid mussel, which are illegal to keep in North America (most if not all). And, well clams are not mussels.
The larvae of Unionid mussel are hitchhikers, not parasites, on the gills of fish. I think most are picky about their host (host specific, I think is the term). In an aquarium, who knows, beggars can’t be choosers, I suppose.
Golden clams, Corbicula fluminea can do well in a well-maintained aquarium, well-aged with nice sand or fine gravel is best. They are filter feeders, not filters and are animals not plants.
For tropical tanks Golden clams, Corbicula fluminea are best as they can take the higher temperatures.
They need to be fed and will breed like crazy.
I like a formula rather like IsadoraPandora’s, I definitely prefer the fish w/roe and I prefer green water to spinach puree.
Also a nice article on Golden clams by IsadoraPandora.