Mussels in DSB

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Aren't Mussels filter feeders and therefore act as a sort of biofiltration? Just a guess.:p
 

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JIP Kunhardt - you are 100% correct! They are and you can do that. BUT - you SHOULD choose mussels that can live in warmer water...... else they will just end up dying....

I once too black mussels from the rocks at Blouberg (and don't worry - I ALWAYS have a valid license for this) to try and feed a Copperband Butterfly that did not want to eat - the mussels lived for another 3 to 5 months after the CBB died on me.... I won't buy another CBB from a LFS again - perhaps only buy one from a fellow reefer - one that is PROVEN to eat already......

I am NOT condoning the purchase of CBB's - because their mortality rate is JUST FAR TOO HIGH!
 
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JIP Kunhardt - you are 100% correct! They are and you can do that. BUT - you SHOULD choose mussels that can live in warmer water...... else they will just end up dying....

I once too black mussels from the rocks at Blouberg (and don't worry - I ALWAYS have a valid license for this) to try and feed a Copperband Butterfly that did not want to eat - the mussels lived for another 3 to 5 months after the CBB died on me.... I won't buy another CBB from a LFS again - perhaps only buy one from a fellow reefer - one that is PROVEN to eat already......

I am NOT condoning the purchase of CBB's - because their mortality rate is JUST FAR TOO HIGH!
Agree with u there Jacques, Was speaking to my LFS a week ago about CBB's as i was interested in getting one at the time, and he advised me against it saying for about every 100 he sells aprox 3-4 of those will live. Thats a pretty scarey thought.
 

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Kunhardt please use your fly swatter on that thing at the bottom of your posts.It has now caught me so many times.:lol:
 
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I actualy have some mussels growing on the glass in my dsb they also tend to move around alot and I have no idea how they got there. Before I rebuilt my sump there was about 6 of them but now only 2 but I havent seen them for a few days. They are about the size of a baked bean and have a little arm which they extend and it sticks to the glass they are a light brown colour
 

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A got two black mussels (from Balito). From December. Still OK. I had a lot more, but the others died within the first month. These two are still ok.

Also got 2 big Brachiopods and 3 small Brachiopods. Big ones over 10cm across, small ones about 1cm. They also move around, especially the big ones.

Next time at the coast, I rather go for Brachiopods or Bi-valves, than mussels. A lot more interesting.
 

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Yes, a great white.... One day...:)
 

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mussels are bivalves
Yes, sorry, but there are a lot of nicer and interesting bi-valves than black mussels

Will take a pic of my Brachiopods tonight, (hope my camera can do it up so close). They are light sensitive, and can see you coming... If you move a shadow over them, they close up.
 

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OK, as promised

Barchiopods, the front one fell off this weekend, was next to the other one. And it is busy climbing back up. They are rather big, check the heater in the background.
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Babelonion Whelk, with closed up Brachiopod above him.
BabelonionWhelk.jpg
 

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yes, the Branchiopods, are local.

But the Babelonion whelk I bought 2 years ago when I started in reefkeeping. It is my oldest inmate.
 

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