Can i put live mussels from Sainsburys in my fish tank???

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Found 13th Jul 2008
Probably a very stupid question but i am trying to buy some freshwater mussels for my fishtank. They are quite expensive to buy. Sainsurys now do live mussels which are in a small glass case with a waterfall type thing in there. Can i put these in my tank (to help keep it clean) or are they the wrong type?.
Thanks

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You might aswell put some bones in there to keep them company

try putting in a small shark

pmsl!

Yes you can.

Will the live, thats another question.

It'd depend on the condition of the water that they're used to, and the condition that your tank offers them. Annoyingly, water isn't just as simple as fresh / salty. It's all sorts, with various PH levels, X chemical content (you'll know the ones, they're the various chemicals you've probably bought expensive testing kits for) and temperature being just three of the elements that I, as someone who hasn't been near a fish tank in over a year, can think of.

Me, I'd google to learn about the water environment that fresh water mussels are used to. If possible, buy some mussels and test the water that comes with them for the most accurate details. If it all seems compatible, use a pint glass of tank water and test a couple of mussles in it, to see how they react. If I recall rightly, dead things produce loads of nitrogen, which in turn feeds algae, so you don't want to test them in the main tank, or you might instigate an algae ploom, which is basically like The Fog, only for fish. And with more death.

Dont be tight, if you want to eat mussels just buy them fresh, the grow your own phenomenon is more for veg:roll:

pmsl stop it im wetting myself here!!

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dxx;2520505

It'd depend on the condition of the water that they're used to, and the … It'd depend on the condition of the water that they're used to, and the condition that your tank offers them. Annoyingly, water isn't just as simple as fresh / salty. It's all sorts, with various PH levels, X chemical content (you'll know the ones, they're the various chemicals you've probably bought expensive testing kits for) and temperature being just three of the elements that I, as someone who hasn't been near a fish tank in over a year, can think of. Me, I'd google to learn about the water environment that fresh water mussels are used to. If possible, buy some mussels and test the water that comes with them for the most accurate details. If it all seems compatible, use a pint glass of tank water and test a couple of mussles in it, to see how they react. If I recall rightly, dead things produce loads of nitrogen, which in turn feeds algae, so you don't want to test them in the main tank, or you might instigate an algae ploom, which is basically like The Fog, only for fish. And with more death.



Hi
I did have a large tank before but this one is small with only 2 goldfish so i don't bother with chemicals but i do want to keep the tank clean so its prob a case of trial and error.
Thanks rep left

I got a poorly fish...... Comet, and hes acting very strange I think hes gonna die

Banned

The mussels in Sainsbury are not freshwater.

Banned

Fish !

put some wine and cream in too.

JDeal;2520592

The mussels in Sainsbury are not freshwater.



If what the J Man says is true then putting one in will most likely kill it and some of your fish. Some fish like a little bit of salt (not table salt :?) in the tank like Bettas but some will just float upside down at the surface if there is even a little bit :-(

can't ya just go get a loatch...they survive just about anything in my experiance
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