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ldy_gardenermd
Highland, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2010
11:39 AM

Post #7861197

ok so I was at the nursery the other day and they had fresh water clams (don't know if they were a native species or not) for sale. I know they act as filters and I was wondering if anyone has added them to their pond?
FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

June 7, 2010
8:50 PM

Post #7868693

never heard of this. you might try googling "clams and goldfish pond" or something like that.

tucsonplumeriaz
Tucson, AZ

July 1, 2010
1:37 PM

Post #7935980

yeah, they do the trick! this pic was taken through 18" of water. however, this is not a pond. just a muck bucket with a water lily.

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agedgardener
Fredericton N B
Canada
(Zone 4a)

July 1, 2010
4:27 PM

Post #7936288

I had fresh water clams in my pond one year.That's when the raccoons discovered my pond.Now they wait for the goldfish to grow to a good meal size and devour them. I would never put them in the pond again.
tucsonplumeriaz
Tucson, AZ

July 1, 2010
4:40 PM

Post #7936306

clams or goldfish?
agedgardener
Fredericton N B
Canada
(Zone 4a)

July 1, 2010
9:26 PM

Post #7936891

Clam.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

July 6, 2010
6:19 PM

Post #7948477

what are the clams supposed to do for the pond? I have put in snails, but not clams.
tucsonplumeriaz
Tucson, AZ

July 6, 2010
6:21 PM

Post #7948486

they filter the water...
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

July 6, 2010
6:52 PM

Post #7948544

hmmm... this is a new one on me. Do they get stuck in your pumps?
tucsonplumeriaz
Tucson, AZ

July 6, 2010
7:03 PM

Post #7948571

i don't know. i don't use a pump in my lily buckets. i guess the microscopic babies can float into them. however, they seem happy in the kitty litter bottom. i think they would prefer to be in some type of medium.
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

July 7, 2010
3:25 AM

Post #7949074

I bought 5 good size clams one year just for curiousity but did not multiply and died during winter. Bellie
tucsonplumeriaz
Tucson, AZ

July 7, 2010
10:15 AM

Post #7949921

mine overwintered here in arizona. i could imagine that VA would be tougher.

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