08-04-2008, 04:41 PM
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i found this post from a google search on clams and reading it brought back memories from when i was about 12. I had my first tank, just 10 gallons, and i liked loading that thing up with animals. I'm sure they hated me. I went camping at brevort lake in the upper peninsula and left there with a bucket of clams, probably six of them, and just came home and put them in the tank. There they learned to cope with a dozen swordtails, neons, danios, and cherry barbs, fake plants and dead bleached coral from the fish store. There were two salamanders in there also, a small frog from the back yard, an albino snail, some of those loaches that stay at the bottom, and a pleco, and also that stupid fresh water crab that chased the pleco around and broke the plants..and the ghost shrimp had already died off. This is 10 gallons. So in go the clams, at least six of them except after adding them i realized one had come open and didnt look right. Thats when the leech crawled out. Perfect! So i just let things be. As far as I can remember nothing horrible happend at first. The clams would slowly move around the tank floor and uproot everything in their path. And for fear of the dreaded leech i just let things float round instead of trying to replant. The thing that amazed me was the way the fake coral eventually ended up in little fragments from being pushed around by the clams. The leech would come and go, climbing up the sides of the tank, and then dissappearing freaklishly for a few days, and then turn up again later. eventually it made it into the back filter, and then was gone. Things lasted this way well into the winter before the clams started opening up and decaying one by one. For awhile though it did seem like the water was alot cleaner. I'd recommend being 12 again.