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Post Sun May 19, 2013 9:29 pm
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SO i want a freshwater clam or two for my aquarium. Just think they'd be kinda neat, in a slow dull way

Are they all illegal since they are invasive? Is it legal to go to the St Croix and grab a few?

Post Mon May 20, 2013 1:03 am
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yoimbrian wrote:
SO i want a freshwater clam or two for my aquarium. Just think they'd be kinda neat, in a slow dull way

Are they all illegal since they are invasive? Is it legal to go to the St Croix and grab a few?


Check the MN DNR rules and regulations. You will find your answer there.

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Post Mon May 20, 2013 4:17 am
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Post Mon May 20, 2013 9:32 am
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rawalstrom wrote:
by rawalstrom » Mon May 20, 2013 3:17 am

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/eco/nhnrp/mu ... index.html

This should help get you started.


Very interesting reading.

Post Mon May 20, 2013 9:35 am
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My understanding is that most freshwater mussels produce parasitic larvae that attach to fish gills. So that would be a reason to avoid having them spawn in your tank, although I'm not sure how likely spawning is.

Corbicula clams show up on aquabid sometimes, and they don't have a parasitic stage. I kept a few for a while, and they were a nice addition to the tank but they promptly died when the water got into the high 70's. I was thinking about getting some more, but... healthy clams can make thousands of offspring per day and I would hate to be responsible for introducing them into Lake Calhoun via some kind of water change + rainstorm + storm sewer conflagration. It turns out that despite being native to the tropics they have managed to invade a few MN waterways already.

Post Mon May 20, 2013 5:56 pm
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Ah

So all in all not ideal for aquariums.

Ok.

Thanks!


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