Wanted: Freshwater Bivalves

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  1. Figeth

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    Hi all, I'm looking for live freshwater clams, mussels, oysters etc. to add as a filter system on my pool. Any help would be appreciated.
     
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    Must admit havent seen them for sale anywhere
    I have also read that they very sensitive and difficult to keep but this is not from first hand experience
     
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    I think I may ask some of the wildlife officials in the area about mollusks. I know we have a few endemic species the may do well in a nature-mimicking environment.
     
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    Personally I wouldn't. They're larvae are parasitic to fish and are generally quite sensitive..
     
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    We used to have a few varieties of freshwater clams and mussels in waterways and dams.
    They were often predated on by otters and a few bird species.
    If I remember correctly they were all filter feeders, and you could find them by digging around in the mud.
    In the Lowveld they were all carriers of Bilharzia.
    You would need to research the legality of keeping indigenous species before doing so.
     
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    As @Pezulu says they probably carry parasites and any diseases from pollution in our waterways
    I know the Vaal triangle is major problem as well
    I wouldn't take chance without extreme precautions and quarantine
     
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    Interestingly, of the three indigenous species I found information about, only one has a parasitic larval stage.
     
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    I think that you need a dedicated system to keep fresh water bivalves.
    Apparently they don't do well if you just leave them to their own devices. You need to make sure that the water quality is pristine and that they are feeding properly.
     

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