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Asian Freshwater Clam

(Corbicula sp.)

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 Quick Care Facts

• Care Level: Easy   • Temperament: Peaceful   • Maximum Size: 2"
• Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons   • Water Conditions: 65-85° F, pH 6.5-8.0, KH 8-10
• Color Forms: Brown, Tan, Black   • Diet: Omnivore   • Origin: Burma, Thailand, Southern Asia
• Family: Corbiculidae   • Species: Clams   • Aquarium Type: Clams

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Species Information

Asian Freshwater Clam native habitat, distribution, behavior & aquarium compatibility.

The Asian Freshwater Clam is found in temperate streams, rivers and lakes throughout Southeast Asia. As with other clams, this species is essentially a living filter that filters the water stream within the aquarium sifting small organic particles from the water column and releasing clean water back into the aquarium.

Freshwater Clams help keep uneaten food, detritus and decaying plant matter out of the water column, which help maintain water quality and lower nitrate levels. If necessary the Asian Freshwater Clams diet can be supplemented with invertebrate foods or direct feedings via a pipette.

Aquarium Care

How to successfully keep Asian Freshwater Clam in the home aquarium.

It is important to remember that Freshwater Clams will not tolerate any copper-based medications and can be adversely affected by even small levels of copper present in the water. Ideally this species should be housed in an aquarium of at least 10 gallons with medium to very fine substrate, with sand or clay based substrates being ideal. The Freshwater Clam should not be housed with invertebrate-eating fish, such as freshwater puffers.

Feeding & Nutrition

How to properly feed Asian Freshwater Clam and provide a healthy diet.

Freshwater Clams are filter feeders who sift small organisms, detritus, decaying plant matter and small foodstuffs from the water column. Clams need steady water flow in order to bring them in contact with food items that they can then filter from the water currents. Direct feeding should not be required when the Asian Freshwater Clam is kept in an established aquarium where fish and invertebrates are being regularly fed.

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