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The European Painter's Mussel Unio pictorum, native to our region, lives in lakes, rivers and oxbow lakes in nature. Its very thick and heavy shell is elongated ovoid and yellowish to dark brown in color. It is crisscrossed by folds concentrically parallel to the growth bands. This mussel can grow up to 10 centimeters in size.
For reproduction, the painter's mussel requires fish. In nature, it lives symbiotically with bitterlings. While the female bitterlings lay their eggs in the mussel, where the fish larvae grow, the mussel larvae hook themselves into the gill leaves of the fish (which do not necessarily have to be bitterlings, other fish species are also taken as commensals) and grow there into small mussels. If you want to breed bitterlings in your pond, you should definitely use painter's mussels for this purpose, so that the fish can produce offspring. Their origin in Europe makes them an ideal stock for garden ponds, whose water these mussels filter and clarify in a natural way.
The Painter's Mussel is a bottom-dwelling animal that partially burrows into soft and sandy soils. It can move slowly by crawling with the help of its foot. Like most mussels, it filters the water for small and minute suspended particles. In a filterless aquarium it can be kept permanently only by feeding it with a suitable mussel food from a pipette (1-2 times a day), in a pond (with fish stocking) it usually finds sufficient food. Filtered aquariums are unfortunately often much too clean for mussel keeping.
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.
|Scientific name:||Unio pictorum (Linnaeus, 1758) sp.|
|German name:||Painter's mussel|
|Difficulty level:||suitable for beginners|
|Coloration:||yellowish to dark brown skin|
|Water parameters:||GH 6 to 30, KH from 5, pH from 6.5, temperature 16 to 28 °C|
|Tank size:||from 54l|
|Food:||Mussel feed 1 to 2x weekly, Clam Booster mussel fertilizer|
|Reproduction:||probably not possible in the aquarium|
|Socialization:||with dwarf shrimps, fan shrimps, snails, other mussels, possibly also with peaceful fishes|
|Further information||NatureHolic Booster - liquid food for shrimps, snails and mussels, Feed shrimps, crayfish, snails & mussels correctly, 10 essential tips for your nano aquarium|
- Item no: 6102
- EAN No.: 7427066472825
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