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Old 08-11-2020, 11:48 AM   #1
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Freshwater clam, dead or alive?

4 days ago, I added a freshwater clam to my 40 gallon tank. Ever since I put it in, it has sat on the bottom in the very same position, not moving at all. I don't know much about clams and I searched the forum for this question but didn't find anything.

How do I know if it is dead or alive? Is it doing ok? The shell is tightly close which I think is a good sign, but other than that -- I don't know much about them. Also, I don't have sand like gravel, it is more of the larger gravel (white pebbles).

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Old 08-11-2020, 12:30 PM   #2
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Smell it, if it's dead you'll know
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Smell it, if it's dead you'll know
Lol any other ways?
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Lol any other ways?
I would smell it. If it's dead it's going to foul up your water and you'll be smelling it anyways.
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Definitely smell it. If it's dead you'll know right away.
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So I smelled it. It didn't smell foul or anything, it actually smelled kinda like dirt. I put it back in the tank and let it sink back to the bottom. This morning I checked on it, and it has definitely dug itself down deeper into the gravel. It's alive! Thanks for your help.
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