lakes and rivers are at greatest risk from zebra mussels is difficult. However, there are some important factors
that determine where, and in what quantity, the mussels are and could be
temperature. Although zebra mussels can exist in water temperatures that
range from as cool as 32 degrees Fahrenheit to as warm as 86 degrees
Fahrenheit, they generally prefer temperatures in the range from 54 to 68
require more calcium than many mussel species in North America. Typically,
calcium levels must be greater than 20 mg/l for zebra mussels to occur in a
|They prefer that
water pH be only slightly basic, but can also occur in water with higher pH.
|They also prefer
a fairly high dissolved oxygen, so this is a limiting factor in some water
bodies. Some mixing in a water body to bring in dissolved oxygen is good, but
zebra mussels don’t do well in a rapid current.
zebra mussels prefer to live at a depth less than 30 meters and usually less
than 10 meters. On the other hand, their cousin the quagga mussel does well
in deeper waters and at colder temperatures.