Indian pearl oyster - Parreysia (Radiatula) pachysoma
Indian pearl oyster - Parreysia (Radiatula) pachysoma
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Indian pearl oyster - Parreysia (Radiatula) pachysoma
The very attractively colored Indian pearl oyster is a distinctly interesting aquarium inhabitant. It likes to burrow in soft substrate, and its feeding habits are exciting to observe. It sucks in water, filters out the suspended matter, and expels the clean water. The best way to feed them is with special mussel food, which is precisely adapted to the special needs of the mussel, both in its grain size and in its composition. - Garnelio

The Indian pearl oyster Parreysia (Radiatula) pachysoma comes from stagnant and slow flowing waters in India, Bangladesh and Burma. It prefers soft substrate such as sand or mud. It gets its name from the fact that it produces pretty pink freshwater pearls when a foreign particle enters it. The Indian pearl oyster grows to a size of 4 to 7 cm. It is brown, green, yellow and golden in color.

The Indian pearl oyster likes water temperatures between 20 and 26 °C, a pH above 7.5 and medium to hard water.

In the aquarium the Indian pearl oyster can be well socialized with filter feeding snails such as piano snails or Brotia . They can also be kept together with peaceful, not too curious fish. Crabs and shrimps eat the mussels. With shrimps of the genus Neocaridina the socialization can also work well, because the demands on the water values are the same. Fan shr imp are not suitable partners, although they also filter feed because they need too much current.

Since the Indian pearl mussel filters its food from the water, it must be fed once or twice daily with a suitable, finely ground dust food . Without supplemental feeding, the mussel is doomed to starvation even in a filterless aquarium. It is best to feed the mussels selectively with an eyedropper and turn off the filter during feeding.

Nothing is known about breeding in the aquarium.

Our plant recommendation: Use for planting NatureHolic InVitros. These are free of snails, planaria 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.

Scientific name: Parreysia (Radiatula) pachysoma (Benson, 1862)
German name: Indian pearl oyster
Difficulty level: suitable for beginners
Origin/Distribution: India, Bangladesh, Burma
Coloration: brown, gold, green, yellow
Age expectancy: unknown
Water parameters: GH from 8, KH from 3, pH from 7.5, temperature 20 to 26 °C
Tank size: 45 l and up, however, we recommend a size of at least 54 l, especially for beginners
Food: Mussel feed 1 to 2x daily
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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Question: "Verträgt die Muschel auch Brackwasser, falls ja bis welche Salinität? Würde sie gerne mit meinen Hawai Garnelen in einem Becken halten. Die können zwar auch völliges Süßwasser aushalten, aber Brackwasser wäre schon besser."

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from Kevin (Garnelio)

Hallo Matthias, vielen Dank für deine Frage! Es handelt sich um eine Süßwasserart die nicht in Brackwasser vorkommt. 

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