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Pet Clams: Homemade Freshwater Clam Food

Updated on December 28, 2011

Feeding Freshwater Clams

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Purchase quality fish supplies, tropical fish and freshwater clams online, at local pet stores or through fish keeping websites.

A simple recipe for feeding your freshwater pet clams.

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Feeding Freshwater Clams

The Care of Freshwater Clams

Next to toxic aquarium water (ammonia and the like), the feeding of freshwater clams has been their demise in aquarium culture. Many unsuspecting people are told their clams do not require food and believing the “experts” innocent fish keepers wake up weeks later to find their clams dead. They had starved to death.

If the clams are buried in the substrate and in a smaller tank (large too, depending on the number of clams), they destroy the waters’ parameters quickly, killing fish and invertebrates.

This recipe is one I am successfully feeding my clams. They are growing noticeably when I measure them each month. Their shells are hard and remain intact.

Use this at your own risk, as I will not be held responsible for any undesirable outcome that may occur.

All of the ingredients are pureed in the clams’ aquarium water and frozen into ice cubes for long-term storage. The fish and larger invertebrates eat the leftover bits. These measurements are not exact. I feed three or more times a week.

Clam Diet Recipe

Beef Liver or

Beef Heart or

Hamburger or

Fish with Roe (best)

Beef Blood (drippings from beef package)

1 tsp Cod Liver Oil

¼ tsp Yeast

In addition to this diet, I target feed my clams with these:

¼ to 1 tsp Organic Carrot Juice (they love this)

Organic Spirulina Powder

Pureed Duckweed

Pureed Spinach

¼ o 1 tsp Milk

They will also eat algae from my pond and leftover (tiny) bits of fish flakes when available.

This is a well-aged setup. Overall, the community tank and its inhabitants are healthy, active and doing well. The tank has biological filtration, live plants and sand-sediment as a substrate. All of the chemical readings are in order as well. I test frequently before and after feeding the tank just to make sure it can handle the bio-load of suspended food. The readings do not spike.

Like I said, it works for us and Use at Your Own Risk.


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      Clam owner 

      2 years ago

      Hey April I was wondering what u fed your clams we just went to the river and caught 12 clams and we have a tiny tank for them and want to keep them alive so if u have answer plz comment back thnx

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      user zen 

      2 years ago

      I did some research and it said spirulina contains copper, which I thought was bad for clams.

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      4 years ago

      How much meat and water do you add to the mixture? Also, what amount would you regamend putting in the tank for 3 small clams?

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      5 years ago from Tennessee

      I need to expand on this article to make it read clearer. The milk can be mixed in with food as its being pureed. I'll make a note to update this article this week. Thank you for your comments guys!!!!

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for all the advice!:) I have three pet clams and they don't seem to like the fish flakes im feeding though. What type would u suggest. And how do clams eat milk?

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      7 years ago

      When i was little i had a pet clam she lived in a mound of mud ,on the night stand , we always kept her mud watered . Her name was Julie , yeap . Long time ago . She was just like a pet dog or cat . Now, i don't know if my Dad fed her other things ,but i know she lived in pretty moist mud .


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