Freshwater Clam Shrimp Eggs
Clam Shrimp looks like a small round seed. It has two shells to cover its body. Between the shells, you can see two body sections below the head. The front section is the thorax and the back section is the abdomen. It has 14 pairs of appendages that look like legs. The appendages help them to swim, but they are mostly used for collecting food particles and oxygen.
What you will receive:
One “0” size capsule containing Clam Shrimp eggs. Hatch rate is 85%.
The Clam Shrimp is yellow to brown. It is flat and about the size of a dime when it is fully grown. The Lentil Clam Shrimp is smaller and more round. It is shaped like a lentil (a small, flat pea).
Habitat: Freshwater dams, ponds, lakes, lagoons, swamps as well as seasonal wetlands.
Size: Cyzicus up to 2 cm long, Lynceus up to 0.4 cm long.
Hatch from the egg:
The hatching process is the same as the Fairy Shrimp. Put the eggs into chlorine-free freshwater or bottled water and move the hatching container into the sunlight.
The Clam Shrimp’s appendages are covered with feathery gills. They move them through the water to make a current. This current is strong enough to pull tiny particles of food toward the Clam Shrimp. In this way, a Clam Shrimp can stay in one place and feed.
Clam Shrimp mate before their vernal pool dries up. The female lays her cysts, which survive the long, hot summer in dried mud. These cysts hatch when the pool fills with rainwater. The larva of a Clam Shrimp looks nothing like an adult. It will go through several larval stages before it gets a shell.
The shrimp soon outgrows its first shell. It sheds the old shell and replaces it with a new softshell. The softshell stretches and hardens to fit the bigger body. This process is called moulting. As the Clam Shrimp continues to grow, it will molt several more times. The adults can live for several months, or until the water is gone.
Clam Shrimp are one of the largest crustaceans in freshwater pools. They live only in big or deep freshwater pools because they take a long time to mature and reproduce. This species are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and animals. These critters Algae, detritus, Bacteria, Protozoa and Rotifers. They feed in three ways. They can nibble on the Algae growing on plants or on the bottom of the water pool. It can bury itself in the muddy bottom and draw in food by waving its feathery appendages. It can also swim and filter food as it moves through the water. They are strong swimmers but they usually only swim short distances.
This species are eaten by amphibians, such as Frogs, Axolotls and Salamander. The protein from this species provides very important nutrition for many types of freshwater fish and aquaria.
Investigate: They filter feed in the same way as Fairy Shrimp and Artemia do and also eat the same kinds of food.