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Re: Clams and Mussels
- To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
- Subject: Re: Clams and Mussels
- From: Billinet at aol_com
- Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2003 16:52:16 EDT
When I was a kid, my 20L aquarium would become cloudy occasionally for all
the usual reasons - overfeeding of fish, too many of them, too much decaying
material in the tank, etc. The tank itself was healthy and fascinating to me.
I couldn't afford a filter (not that it would have done much good) but I had
read somewhere that mussels were filter feeders, so I went to a nearby pond
and caught one. I put it in my tank and within a day the water was crystal
clear. The mussel had dug up many of my plants (vals mainly, I think) because of
its prowling through the substrate.
I returned it to the wild, and the next time I used a mussel for a cloudiness
problem, I put it into a container so that it couldn't disrupt the plantings.
It still worked fine.
I think the plants in that aquarium, lit by two 25 or 40 watt incandescent
bulbs, grew better than any plants I've had since.