Ornamental mussel, Scabies crispata
Ornamental mussel, Scabies crispata
   
  • filters suspended matter from the water
  • likes to dig
  • nice pattern
  • interesting behavior

Ornamental mussel, Scabies crispata

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Ornamental mussel, Scabies crispata
The ornamental clam belongs to the same family as the European large clams. It has a distinctly interesting color and pattern, and it provides crystal clear water in the aquarium. Since the conditions in the aquarium are practically always too clean for proper mussel keeping, it is indispensable to specifically feed the mussels once or twice a day with a special mussel food to prevent them from starving. - Garnelio
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The ornamental clam Scabies crispata from Asia continuously filters the aquarium water and eats the suspended matter in it. Soft substrate such as sand, fine gravel or mud is preferred because it likes to partially burrow. Scabies crispata reaches 5 to 6 cm in size. It has a dark green to black zigzag pattern on a golden yellow to orange-beige ground. While it is bisexual, there are no external characteristics that would allow the sexes to be distinguished with certainty.

The ornamental clam prefers water temperatures of 20 to 27 °C, and it likes a pH of 6.5 to 8 and relatively hard water. It socializes very well with filter feeders such as fan shrimp and snails of the Brotia and Taia genera, for example. It can also cope with currents in the aquarium, provided that there are also low-current zones at the bottom, where the mussels can retreat if necessary. The larvae of this mussel species attach themselves to the mucous membranes of fish, therefore socialization with several mussels is not necessarily recommended. A single animal cannot reproduce and can therefore be kept in a fish aquarium without hesitation. Ornamental clams are cracked and eaten by crabs and shrimps. Shrimps from the genus Neocaridina are also very suitable for keeping together with this mussel.

The ornamental clam sieves its food from the water. Since filtered aquariums are almost always too clean for this animal, we recommend feeding Scabies crispata once or twice a day with suitable microfine ground dust food. Without supplemental feeding, the mussels will not grow old in the aquarium because they will starve. Selective feeding with a pipette has proven effective. The filter should be turned off during feeding.

Our plant recommendation: Use for planting 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: Scabies crispata (Gould, 1843)
German name: Ornamental Clam
Difficulty level: suitable for beginners
Origin/Distribution: Asia
Coloration: dark green to black zigzag pattern on golden yellow to orange-beige ground
Age expectancy: unknown
Water parameters: GH 10 to 30, KH from 8, pH from 6.5, temperature 20 to 27 °C
Tank size: 45 l and up, but we recommend a size of at least 54 l, especially for beginners
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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Question: "Muss man trotzdem täglich zufüttern, wenn man die Muschel im filterlosen Aquarium hält? Woran erkenne ich, ob die Muschel ausreichend Nahrung bekommt? "

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Hallo Tamara, vielen Dank für deine Frage! Siehst du die Muschel täglich und ausgiebig filtern geht es ihr gut. Muscheln die zu wenig Nahrung erhalten hören auf zu filtern. Ein guter Hinweis ist auch wie sauber das Wasser ist, in einem kristallklaren Becken ohne Zufütterung kann eine Muschel nichts finden.

Question: "Kann man eine Grüne Süßwassermuschel mit dieser Muschelart vergesellschaften? Besteht die Gefahr,dass sich diese beiden Arten dann vermehren?"

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from Kevin (Garnelio)

Hallo Kathrin, vielen Dank für deine Frage! Die Arten sind zur Fortpflanzung fähig. Kreuzungen sind uns nicht bekannt. Man kann sie gemeinsam pflegen. 

Question: "Kann man diese Muschel auch mit anderen Muschelarten in einem Aquarium halten?"

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Hallo Kathrin, vielen Dank für deine Frage! Man kann die TIere auch mit anderen Muscheln zusammen halten. 

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