Green freshwater mussel - Cristaria tenuis
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Green freshwater mussel - Cristaria tenuis
The pretty and quite persistent Green Freshwater Mussel is an interesting aquarium inhabitant that can grow quite old if fed properly. It keeps the aquarium water clean through its filtering activity, but in filtered aquariums it is always in danger of not finding enough food and slowly but surely starving to death. Our Natureholic mussel food, specially developed for the needs of freshwater mussels, can provide a remedy here - if fed regularly - so that mussels can also be kept in the aquarium. - Garnelio
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The pretty Green Freshwater Mussel (Cristaria tenuis, synonym: Cristaria discoidea) originates from rivers and wider streams in East and Southeast Asia, where it is very widespread. Its shell is of a shimmering green, and its quite impressive size of up to 12 cm makes an aquarium of at least 80 cm length necessary.

In its native country it is a very popular edible mussel, and the genus Cristaria is also used for freshwater pearl production. The Green Freshwater Mussel is persistent when properly fed in the aquarium and has proven to be quite hardy.

Cristaria tenuis is usually bisexual, but the sexes cannot be distinguished externally. In very rare cases it is hermaphroditic. For reproduction fish are needed, where the larvae settle into the gills, where they grow. The mussels prefer certain fish species (often carp-like), therefore reproduction in the aquarium is quite unlikely.

The Green Freshwater Mussel needs a proper current. The aquarium should not be too clean, because mussels feed on suspended matter in the water. With a special mussel food the mussel can be fed well and is then quite long-lived in the aquarium. During feeding the filter should be turned off. Mussels can also be kept very well in filterless aquariums. In this case, a flow pump should be running in the aquarium to ensure good circulation of the water. When it is filtering, it has its shell open a small gap, just enough for the funnel-shaped siphon to peek out, through which it draws in the water. Since mussels like to dig in a bit, a substrate that is not too thin, such as sand or fine gravel, works well.

Green freshwater musselssocialize well with most fish, dwarf shrimp, fan shrimp, dwarf crabs, snails and also with other mussels . Large-armed shrimp and large crabs have developed impressive techniques for prying open and eating mussels, and mussels should generally not be kept with them.

The Green Freshwater Mussel prefers temperatures of 22 to 28 °C and likes its water a bit harder rather than too soft. It sifts the water for planktonic food. We recommend feeding with a microfine ground dust food especially suitable for mussels 1 x daily. Without this feeding, the risk of the Green Freshwater Mussel starving to death in the aquarium is unfortunately very high. The dust food is best given selectively with a pipette . Please turn off the filter for a few minutes when feeding the mussel so that the food ends up in the mussel and not in the filter mat.

Our plant recommendation: For planting, use NatureHolic InVitros. These are free of snails, planarians and other unwanted co-inhabitants. Also free of algae spores, bacteria and fungi.

Expert Tip: We recommend for fish keeping the NatureHolic 3 Phase Liquid. The care set offers the best all-round protection for your animals. It ensures optimal conditions for successful breeding and keeping.

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Scientific name: Cristaria tenuis (Griffith & Pidgeon, 1833)
German Name: Green freshwater mussel
Difficulty level: suitable for beginners
Origin/Distribution: Asia
Coloration: dark green to green-brown skin
Age expectancy: unknown
Water parameters: GH 6 to 30, KH from 5, pH from 6.5, temperature 22 to 28 °C
Tank size: from 80 l
Food: Mussel feed 1 to 2x daily, Clam Booster mussel fertilizer
Reproduction: probably not possible in the aquarium
Behavior: peaceful
Socialization: with shrimps and filter feeding snails, possibly also with peaceful fishes
Further information NatureHolic Booster - liquid food for shrimp, snails and mussels, Feed shrimp, crayfish, snails & mussels properly, 10 essential tips for your nano aquarium
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28 May 2019

Super...

Super

3 May 2019

große gesunde Muschel...

große gesunde Muschel

27 Apr 2019

Wandert umher gräbt sich...

Wandert umher gräbt sich teilweise ganz ein

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Question: "Ich habe letzten Freitag die Muschel geliefert bekommen, habe sie ins Aquarium gesetzt einige Male habe ich sie Filtern sehen (eingegraben oder gewandert ist sie nie selbstständig - habe feinen Garnelenkies im Becken) - seit 2 Tagen ist sie komplett geschlossen...nun weiß ich nicht,ob sie noch lebt ..(stinken tut sie nicht) mein restlicher Besatz besteht aus Zwerggarnelen,Schnecken und Amanogarnelen"

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Hallo Kathrin, vielen Dank für deine Frage! Ist im Wasser kein Futter für die Tiere, öffnen sie sich nicht. Es kann sein, dass in deinem Becken nicht genug Schwebestoffe für die Muschel zum Filtern da sind. Wir empfehlen unser Natureholic Fächerfeed. 

Question: "Hallo! Habe gestern von Euch meine Lieferung bekommen. Jetzt muss ich aber doch mal fragen... Ich hatte auch 2 grüne Süßwassermuscheln bestellt. Allerdings sind die bei mir nicht so schön grün wie auf dem Bild, sondern eher bräunlich (mit einem kleinen bisschen grün). Ändern die noch ihre Farben?? "

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Mit zunehmendem Alter können sie noch etwas mehr Farbe ausbilden.

Question: "Hallo Zusammen, ist es möglich eine derartige Muschel mit unter anderem Prachtschmerlen zu vergesellschaften oder ist die Gefahr des aufknackens zu hoch? Danke und Gruß, Markus "

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Es wäre eher nicht zu empfehlen, die Muschel läuft Gefahr, als Snack zu enden.

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28 May 2019

Super...

Super

3 May 2019

große gesunde Muschel...

große gesunde Muschel

27 Apr 2019

Wandert umher gräbt sich...

Wandert umher gräbt sich teilweise ganz ein

20 Apr 2019

Große, schön gefärbte ...

Große, schön gefärbte Muschel. Topp Qualität.

30 Apr 2018

sehr zufrieden

Habe wirklich spaß an diesen tieren, dachte immer die liegen nur rum, aber die wander an der aquariumwand munter rauf und runter

8 Feb 2018

Sehr schöne und große Muscheln die sich erstaunlich schnell in den Bodengrund graben können.

7 Feb 2018

Kamen sehr gut verpackt an. Sie hat sich gleich nach der Eingewöhnunsphase ihren Platz gesucht und im Sand verbuddelt, nun filtert sie was das Zeug hält, manchmal wirbelt sie den Sand richtig auf. Sehr schönes Grün. Ich denke Sie fühlt sich wohl.

Kaufe hier sehr gerne ein

18 Dec 2017

Sehr interessante Tiere. Es macht Freude sie zu beobachten.

29 Oct 2015

Sehr schöne Tiere, empfehlenswet

Grenzwerte prüft. Wir haben hier z.B. ehr hartes Wasser, eIn Becken läuft auf Zmmertemperatur.
Versand schnell und sicher in Thermoverpackung. Tiere im guten Zustand angekommen und noch immer putzmunter. Nach etwa dei Tage haben Sie sich auf den Weg gemacht auf individuellen Standort. Sind bei mir nicht ganz so knallgrün wie auf dem Bild, aber ein Hingucker in meinem Palludarium.

28 May 2015

Sehr interessantes Tier, ...

Sehr interessantes Tier, hat sich direkt wohl gefühlt in unserem Aquarium. Liebe zu Muscheln entdeckt

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