Shark fin mussel, Hyriopsis bialatus
  • interesting shell shape
  • for filterless aquariums
  • very variable in color
  • can become impressively large

Shark fin mussel, Hyriopsis bialatus

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Shark fin mussel, Hyriopsis bialatus
Like the European large clams, the shark fin clam belongs to the family Unionidae. Its bizarre shape and distinctly pretty coloration make it an interesting aquarium inhabitant. Due to their way of life and their feeding strategy they provide clear water even in filterless aquariums. However, with large clams you should always be aware that the food supply in the aquarium is not sufficient for them and that you must always provide them with a special food once or twice a day in a targeted manner so that they do not die of starvation before time. - Garnelio
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The shark fin mussel from Southeast Asia, scientifically called Hyriopsis bialata, is a very impressive mussel, which in nature can grow up to 15 cm. In the aquarium, the animals usually remain somewhat smaller. Their color is a medium golden brown to dark chocolate brown. The oldest part of the shell is much lighter, as in most mussels. It gets its name from a distinctly prominent shell process, which is reminiscent of a giant shark fin in shape. Hyriopsis bialata belongs to the pearl oysters, so it can coat penetrated sand grains with nacre and make them harmless for itself. In Thailand it is kept in aquacultures for pearl production. In the aquarium it can probably not be reared.

You can keep the shark fin mussel already from 54 l. In the aquarium it needs sand or fine gravel as substrate, in which it likes to burrow almost completely. You should consider the shell height in the substrate height and allow it to burrow. The "prong" points towards the bottom when burrowing.

As far as water values are concerned, the shark fin mussel is quite adaptable. In its habitats, temperatures range from 18 to 28 °C and a pH of 6.5 to   8.5. It prefers medium-hard water.

The shark fin mussel filters planktonic food from the water. A filter is therefore counterproductive, in filtered tanks it does not find enough food and therefore starves sooner or later. However, as a biofilter for a filterless tank, this mussel is just about ideal. It also likes detritus and mulm, so you should not vacuum the substrate too often. Hyriopsis bialatus should also be fed once or twice daily with a special microfine ground mussel food . A pipette has proven to be optimal for this purpose. The filter (if present) should be taken out of operation during feeding in any case.

Hyriopsis bialatus is an ideal co-stock in aquariums with filter feeders such as fan shrimp or snails from the genera Brotia and Taia. The shark fin mussel searches for the ideal water movement for itself, so it is important to have low-current zones on the bottom as well as areas with high currents.

It is not known whether the larvae of Hyriopsis bialatus attach parasitically to fish gills. However, since they belong to the Unionidae family, which actually almost all follow this reproductive strategy, the suspicion is obvious. Therefore, it may not be the first choice for the fish aquarium.
Mussels are very readily eaten by large crustaceans and also by crabs. Shrimp from the genus Neocaridina can be well socialized with the shark fin clam, provided they are not too numerous and do not stress the clam.

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: Hyriopsis bialata Simpson, 1900
German Name: Shark fin clam
Difficulty level: suitable for beginners
Origin/Distribution: Southeast Asia
Coloration: variable, from very light beige to deep dark brown, sometimes striped
Age expectancy: unknown
Water parameters: GH 6 to 20, KH from 5, pH from 6.5, temperature 18 to 28 °C
Tank size: from 54l
Food: Mussel feed 1 to 2x daily, Clam Booster mussel fertilizer
Reproduction: probably not possible in the aquarium
Behavior: peaceful
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
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30 Apr 2018

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da dies meine ersten muscheln waren hatte ich so meine probleme, alle meine fragen die ich hatte sind schnell und gut beantwortet worden, die beiden haben sich jetzt gut eingegraben, wobei die andere immer mal ihren platz wechselt

25 Sep 2017

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Muschel kam gut an und so...

Muschel kam gut an und soweit schon zu beurteilen, ist sie wohlauf. Danke für die schnelle Lieferung und sehr gute Verpackung.

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Question: "kann man aquarien muscheln im teich halten?"

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Hallo Luca, vielen Dank für deine Frage! Weist dein Teich ganzjährig die richtigen Parameter, inklusive Temperatur auf, dann ja. 

Question: "Hallo! Ist eine Vergesellschaftung der Muschel mit Guppys und Mollys möglich??? Und wie schaut es mit Zwerggarnelen aus? Oder würden die die Muschel zu sehr stressen? "

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Für Fischaquarien ist sie nicht unbedingt geeignet.

Question: "Liebes Team, Ich finde die Haifischflossenmuschel echt faszinierend. Aber wenn ich mir solch eine Muschel kaufe, wie lege ich sie ins Becken? In der Beschreibung steht, die Zacke zeigt zum Bodengrund. Sollte ich sie direkt mit der Zacke in den sehr feinen Kies stecken oder einfach nur reinlegen? Vielen Dank und liebe Grüße Claudia. "

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Hallo, leg die Muschel einfach ins Becken, den Rest macht Sie alleine

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30 Apr 2018

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da dies meine ersten muscheln waren hatte ich so meine probleme, alle meine fragen die ich hatte sind schnell und gut beantwortet worden, die beiden haben sich jetzt gut eingegraben, wobei die andere immer mal ihren platz wechselt

25 Sep 2017

Sehr schöne Tiere

Montags bestellt und Dienstags schon erhalten.
Super schneller Versand und Muschel wohlauf.
Hat direkt mit dem Buddeln begonnen.
Vielen Dank! Top Service!

11 Feb 2015

Muschel kam gut an und so...

Muschel kam gut an und soweit schon zu beurteilen, ist sie wohlauf. Danke für die schnelle Lieferung und sehr gute Verpackung.

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