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Maintenance of the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) under laboratory conditions

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Thomas F. Nalepa, Donald W. Schloesser

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Abstract

Zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) with a shell length >1 mm are adaptable to laboratory conditions if ammonia levels are low (<1 mg/L) and water temperatures range between 4 and 24 degrees C. The most difficult aspect of maintaining mussels is providing acceptable food that will support growth and survival over a long period of time. Several standard invertebrate foods, such as yeast, bacterial infusions, and live and dried algae were tested for initial acceptance and long-term survival. The mussels accepted and survived best on green algae (either live Chlamydomonas reinhardtii or dried Chlorella sp.). A ration of 3.2 g of algae (dry weight) per 1000 mussels (shell length>10 mm) resulted in an average growth rate of 2 mm/month.

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Publication type:
Book chapter
Publication Subtype:
Book Chapter
Title:
Maintenance of the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) under laboratory conditions
ISBN:
0873716965
Year Published:
1992
Language:
English
Publisher:
Lewis Publishers
Publisher location:
Boca Raton, FL
Contributing office(s):
Great Lakes Science Center
Description:
p. 733-747
Larger Work Type:
Book
Larger Work Subtype:
Other Government Series
Larger Work Title:
Zebra mussels: Biology, impacts, and control
First page:
733
Last page:
747