Any Last Advice?

Discussion in 'Clams' started by JJL, Apr 10, 2011.

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  1. JJL

    JJL Purple Tang

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    I am going to pick up my first deresa clam in about an hour! Any last advice? I also have liquid phytoplankton that I read clams like....were do I squirt the phtyo and how much do I give...and how often? Lastly how do I see that the clam is healthy...What to look at...etc.
    Thanks!
    JJL
     
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  3. Zoanthids21

    Zoanthids21 McKoscker’s Flasher Wrasse

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    When your at the LFS...swipe your hand over the tank to see if it closes up quickly, if it does..Its most likely healthy. And I just dose my phyto 3x a week. I just throw it next to a powerhead.
     
  4. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    I have never feed a clam photoplankton. Yes it may be applicable to small clams under 2 inches, but not needed by any clam larger than that IMO.

    Look for a clam that reacts quickly to shaddows and movement.

    No gapping siphons, completely extended mantel if possible.

    Good color, not bleaching ( try to figure out what lighting it is under).

    Ask to see the base or foot of the clam and look for pyramid snails closely, they look like a grain of rice.

    Get the largest clam you can afford.
     
  5. JJL

    JJL Purple Tang

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    Thanks for all of the info Corailline!
    Gapping siphons?... What are those?
    Also to test the reaction do I put my hand in the tank or can I just put it over....? Thanks so much!
    JJL
     
  6. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I would google both images of "gapping siphons" and " bleached clams" so you get an idea.

    A clam should close in response to movement or shadow, just try waving your hand.

    Have fun clam shopping, I am sure you will love it.
     
  7. JJL

    JJL Purple Tang

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    Thanks again! I am going now :)
    SO EXCITED
    JJL