RAPID CITY, pD. (KEVN) – Zebra mussels were found in an aquarium product sold at a Rapid City pet store, according to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

The invasive species was found in Marimo moss balls, a type of algae that gets nutrients from water that feeds otherwise less desirable forms of algae, at Rapid City PetSmart and six other pet stores in South Dakota

According to Tanner Davis, the Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator at GFP, all contaminated products were removed from pet stores and thrown away from Ukraine, where zebra mussels are native

Zebra mussels have invaded over 600 lakes and rivers in the U. and can cause a myriad of problems, according to the US. Fish and Wildlife Service They spread quickly, eating up the lake’s phytoplankton and causing heavy metals to accumulate in the ecosystem faster than usual

Fish owners who recently purchased mossballs from the following stores should place the potentially contaminated product in a plastic bag, freeze it, and throw the contents in the trash, rinse or avoid using chemicals on the mossballs, as zebra mussels would likely survive

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Source: https://www.blackhillsfox.com/2021/03/19/zebra-mussels-found-in-rapid-city-pet-store-moss-balls/