Introduction: Keeping Freshwater Clams In Aquariums


Clams (bivalves) are wonderful additions to the aquarium. Undue to popular belief, they are not difficult to keep successfully in a properly maintained and aged home aquarium.

Freshwater Clam Care

Freshwater Clam Care

Clams are filter feeders meaning they acquire life-sustaining nutrients by filtering the water around them. In most home aquariums, there are not enough proper suspended particles throughout the water in order to sustain the bivalve’s life. In cases such as these, the clams require supplemental feeding or they will starve.

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Natural Garden Ideas


A natural garden will usually combine plants native to your area. Non-native plants will look like they belong if colors and textures match the surrounding, native flora. A natural garden forgoes the use of synthetic pesticides and herbicides. These plans offer wildlife sustenance and shelter in such a manner with no obvious formal lines and detail. Once established, natural gardens should remain easy to care for.

Bloody Cranesbill Geranium and Trillium

Hummingbird Garden

Providing perches of varying heights will allow dominate birds to choose their favorite spot for preening, sunning and checking out their territory. Dominant hummingbirds are aggressive, pushing meeker birds away from feeders and watering stations. Provide several feeding stations hidden from one another so subordinate birds can feed unbothered by the more aggressive dominates. Add red accents and plants to attract hummingbirds to the area. Provide a mixture of nectar rich plants to keep them coming back. Plants suitable for hummingbird gardens include trumpet vine, columbine, larkspur, jasmine, soapwort and sweet peas. Humming birds require protein, especially during the breeding season. In the wild, they catch small insects to supply this need. Set out dishes of rotting banana and other fruit to attract fruit flies. Shallow dishes with water provide a place for the birds to bathe and condition their feathers.

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Ideas for Landscaping Acreage


Having acreage presents nearly as many problems as it does gardening opportunities. Careful planning like walking through your property during every season prevents gardening failure for this large undertaking. This will allow you to see any seasonal problems that could arise. Potential problems include summer dry sites that remain wet during the winter and spring, heavy pest animal activity or even pollution from roads such as salt spray in the winter. After your evaluation is over, you may decide to turn a portion of your land into something for charity. Even a little used corner of land can help a lot of people or animals.

Landscaping Acreage Ideas

Community Garden

Opening your land to other people brings with it the risk of lawsuits. It is a good idea to contact an attorney and discuss potential problems before proceeding further. Providing this service to the community brings people together while feeding the masses food they have all helped to grow. If having strangers on your land is more than you are ready for try donating the food you grow to churches, homeless shelters, and food kitchens. If you plant heirloom vegetables, fruits and flowers, save the seeds for future use. They can also be given or traded to other community gardens.

Animal Rescue

For those who have a big heart and love animals, an animal rescue is another idea for acreage. Such causes may require permits so thorough legal research is suggested. Rescue work is costly when food, medications and other factors as addressed. After deciding on the animals you wish to rescue, it is a good idea to set aside a part of your land for providing food for them. This in itself will cut rescue costs. If birds are being helped you can grow most, if not all of their food yourself through grasses, flowers and fruit and nut trees. For those with strong stomachs and that have chosen to save carnivores, you can raise your own meat in the form of fish, chicken and even goats. If properly planned a small portion of acreage can feed several hungry mouths. Building a pest proof storage barn will help to ensure seed and grain harvests are good throughout the winter. Freeze meat animals slaughtered during the warm parts of the year.

Animal Rescue Food Charity

If rescuing animals is too involved for your tastes, you can still contribute by growing foods for other charities. The cost of keeping one elephant is around one thousand dollars a month. Even small donations of fruit and vegetables are helpful to charity owners. If you have enough land, you can grow enough variety to feed several species a month.