Scabies crispata (Golden Beetle Mussel)

August 9, 2017 killifish 0

This species has a wide distribution in south and southeast Asia with few identified threats. Based on the extent of occurrence it is assessed as Least Concern. Our Scabies crispata originate from Thailand.

Scabies crispata (Golden Beetle Mussel) likes to wander around your tank at night and reaches a size up to 50 – 60 mm, it should better be kept in roomy fish tanks. During the day, they will dig in deep into the substrate so therefore the substrate should be of sand or fine gravel.

Mussels feed on finest floating particles which they filter out of the water. Thereby each adult Scabies crispata can filter up to 8 – 10 litres of water per hour. However, you will be wrong assuming now that keeping mussels will substitute your filter system. Surely floating particles will be removed from the water (mechanical cleansing) but then the biological cleaning is not given anymore.