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#136387 - 10/18/08 07:52 PM freshwater clams
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Anyone have these in their ponds? Do they filter algae like zebra mussels, without going beserk with regards to reproduction like zebra mussels?
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#136391 - 10/18/08 10:30 PM Re: freshwater clams [Re: rexcramer]
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No photo? There are numerous freshwater clams that can live in ponds. Which ones are you referring to?
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#136500 - 10/20/08 10:30 AM Re: freshwater clams [Re: Bill Cody]
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I have freshwater clams & mussels in my pond [3 acres in North FL], no problem with over population. They are filter feeders. I have made sure that I have a redear population.


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#136508 - 10/20/08 11:22 AM Re: freshwater clams [Re: J. E. Craig]
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Wow, never thought about that as a possible addition. Not sure what types would even be available (if any) here in Iowa. Any I've seen were from rivers and streams...and most are protected species.
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#136606 - 10/21/08 08:58 AM Re: freshwater clams [Re: Matt Clark]
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Sorry Bill, I was referring to the ones that are 3 inches long and mostly black, I have no idea how to tell the species apart. My friends pond has some, probably 50 in a half acre pond. They are slowly increasing in number, but dont seem to be going crazy. His pond also has good visibility, much better than mine, but my pond is new and has not gone through a winter under the ice to settle thing, either.

I was just wondering how much of an effect some clams could really have
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#136681 - 10/21/08 10:35 PM Re: freshwater clams [Re: rexcramer]
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I'm not sure how much if any they would contribute to the sport fish food chain. Some bottom feeding fish will eat the smallest young clams. Higher numbers of clams will randomly filter planktonic stuff out of a lot of water. Main disadvantage I foresee is the sharp shells will cut swimmers feet. No swimmers, probably no problem.
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#138003 - 11/04/08 09:11 AM Re: freshwater clams [Re: Bill Cody]
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I'm new here.1/2 acre pond is really getting a lot,a whole lot of mussels.The only problem is when the G-kids swim.How many is too many?Could picking some out be worth it.Some people might need some but I don't know the laws about giving them away.One thing for sure the water is extremly clear.
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#138006 - 11/04/08 09:43 AM Re: freshwater clams [Re: nyrfrx]
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nyrfrx, since JHAP or TomG (our highly paid official greeters) haven't welcomed you yet, let me do the honors. Sadly, that's about all I have to offer. Others will be along shortly
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#138021 - 11/04/08 12:50 PM Re: freshwater clams [Re: rmedgar]
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nyrfrx,Welcome abourd.Sorry Im late.My internet is down at home so I have to get on at work when I have time.
Glad you found us,feel free to ask anything,there are experts about everything on here. \:\)

Also,the office must have the wrong address for me as I havent been getting my checkes for this greetings service thingy \:o \:D \:D
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#138028 - 11/04/08 04:54 PM Re: freshwater clams [Re: TOM G]
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Just keep watching the mail TOM G, and don't get discouraged.
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#138033 - 11/04/08 07:50 PM Re: freshwater clams [Re: Sunil]
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So, Tom, you didnt get Sunil's pink slip either?
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#138034 - 11/04/08 08:47 PM Re: freshwater clams [Re: burgermeister]
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burger, sometimes it's just best to keep it verbal. You know...no paper trail.
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#138107 - 11/06/08 07:21 AM Re: freshwater clams [Re: burgermeister]
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 Originally Posted By: burgermeister
So, Tom, you didnt get Sunil's pink slip either?


No,he always calls from an unknown number and fires me over the phone....Candy??? \:D \:D
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#140058 - 12/02/08 08:26 PM Re: freshwater clams [Re: TOM G]
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I also am wondering about adding clams to my new pond. There's several varieties in the creek behind my house. Not sure which ones may be better than another, or what parasites might get into my pond. I'd sure like to know if anyone has any knowledge about it!
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#140059 - 12/02/08 08:27 PM Re: freshwater clams [Re: Midwest Dave]
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Turtles too - throw some in there or just let them find it on their own? I've read that snappers actually eat mostly vegitation and will keep the weeds down.
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#140239 - 12/04/08 11:46 AM Re: freshwater clams [Re: rmedgar]
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 Originally Posted By: rmedgar
nyrfrx, since JHAP or TomG (our highly paid official greeters) haven't welcomed you yet...


I was on an unpaid leave of absence for "administrative purposes" the cause of which I'm not allowed to divulge or discuss.

Sorry for the late welcome to Pond Boss, we are sincerely glad you found us.

Turtles seem to find their way to Ponds on their own. Some pond owners have too many of them and eradicate them. Some (like me) have only a few of them and enjoy them.

Adding mussels to Ponds is very interesting subject. I have never found any evidence of mussels or clams in my pond. Since we swim in it I don't think I'd be too happy to find them.

A question for Bill Cody - is there any beneficial reason for adding them? Seems like once they are added they would be difficult to control. What is the scoop on freshwater mussels and/or clams? Seems like this could be an interesting Pond Boss article.
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#140241 - 12/04/08 12:11 PM Re: freshwater clams [Re: jeffhasapond]
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I have freshwater mussels in my pond. I have not identified them and just beginning to dig up some info about them. The results so far is that they are good indicators of water quality(problems kill them quicker than fish), they filter feed on algae very well(maybe that is why my pond clears so quickly and deeply), and their juveniles parasitize fish on the outside for a few weeks before dropping off (may be species specific depending on mussel species).
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#140249 - 12/04/08 12:46 PM Re: freshwater clams [Re: jeffhasapond]
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 Originally Posted By: jeffhasapond
Adding mussels to Ponds is very interesting subject. I have never found any evidence of mussels or clams in my pond. Since we swim in it I don't think I'd be too happy to find them.

Technically, having a JHAP swimming in one's pond IS adding muscles.
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#140253 - 12/04/08 01:08 PM Re: freshwater clams [Re: Brettski]
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 Originally Posted By: Brettski
Technically, having a JHAP swimming in one's pond IS adding muscles.


It will take a lot of these types of posts Brettski before you offset the collective damage done to me by all of your cupcake comments, photoshops, youtube dancing cupcake video, coffee table photo book and the very offensive childrens coloring book entitled "JHAP versus the Cupcake."

But I do appreciate the olive branch.
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#140266 - 12/04/08 02:19 PM Re: freshwater clams [Re: jeffhasapond]
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 Originally Posted By: jeffhasapond
 Originally Posted By: Brettski
Technically, having a JHAP swimming in one's pond IS adding muscles.


It will take a lot of these types of posts Brettski before you offset the collective damage done to me by all of your cupcake comments, photoshops, youtube dancing cupcake video, coffee table photo book and the very offensive childrens coloring book entitled "JHAP versus the Cupcake."

But I do appreciate the olive branch.

What about that video of the cupcake scoring the touchdown?
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#140269 - 12/04/08 02:28 PM Re: freshwater clams [Re: Theo Gallus]
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What about that video of the cupcake scoring the touchdown?


Dang, I forgot about that.

I'd be much more forgiving about this affront to my personage (is that really a word or did I just make it up, may have to google it to find out) if Brettski would have offered to cut me in on on the profits. I think a 40 to 50 percent royalty is fair price for the use of my image and name. I've heard rumors that Brettski is working on an Xbox 360 game. I'm publicly announcing here and now, if he does that I'm calling a royalty attorney.
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#140279 - 12/04/08 03:27 PM Re: freshwater clams [Re: jeffhasapond]
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I don't know about ponds but a local lake with a swimmin area has them. The water clarity is pretty good. My boys put some in our aquarium and they seemed to help. I didn't have to change the filters as often. Could have been my imagination though. It's been known to get the best of me.
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#140291 - 12/04/08 04:46 PM Re: freshwater clams [Re: Jeff Walker]
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Jeff, can you have your kids gather up a bunch next spring to send to me? I definately want them in my pond!
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#140293 - 12/04/08 04:54 PM Re: freshwater clams [Re: Rainman]
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Remind me (my memory isn't what it used to be) and I will take them to that lake (or go myself). Now that it has been brought up I think I wouldn't mind some in mine as well. The should survive your winters. Your only about 2-3 hours drive from me.
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#140294 - 12/04/08 04:56 PM Re: freshwater clams [Re: Jeff Walker]
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Huh? What should I remind you about?



ps my "memory" never was!


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