The Freshwater Asian Gold Clam offers a great choice for hobbyists seeking the unusual. This ornamental species introduces a delightful golden coloration to the aquarium and the opportunity to observe unusual and entertaining behavior. Unlike many freshwater bivalves, that completely bury themselves in the substrate, the Freshwater Asian Gold Clam prefers to remain only partially buried.
As a result, the Freshwater Asian Gold Clam is much easier to observe and appreciate. Interestingly, the Freshwater Asian Gold Clam is often quite active at night when you may be able to witness it using its "foot" to lumber across the aquarium bottom.
The Freshwater Asian Gold Clam is a filter feeder that can help keep aquarium water clear and clean. By removing uneaten food and detritus from the water column, the Freshwater Asian Gold Clam helps maintain water quality and lower nitrate levels.
For best care, house the Freshwater Asian Gold Clam in an aquarium of at least 15 gallons with medium to very fine substrate. The Freshwater Asian Gold Clam should not be housed with large aggressive or carnivorous fish as well as invertebrate-eating fish, such as freshwater puffers.
Keep in mind that the Freshwater Asian Gold Clam will not tolerate any copper-based medication. If treating the aquarium with medication containing copper, move the Freshwater Asian Gold Clam to another aquarium. Do not return the Freshwater Asian Gold Clam until the copper in the treated aquarium has been removed by means of chemical filtration.
The Freshwater Asian Gold Clam obtains its nutrition from filtering food and detritus from the water column. If necessary, its diet can be supplemented with a quality invertebrate food.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 2"
Please note: We guarantee that ALL aquaria species we offer will arrive alive and in good condition. However, because of the increased level of care required for this particular species, it has been designated as "Expert Only." This species is recommended only for the expert aquarist, zoo, or research institution. “Expert Only” aquatic life is exempt from our extended guarantee after their arrival.