Benefits of Clam

Discussion in 'Clams' started by mirosh, Nov 8, 2005.

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  1. mirosh

    mirosh Feather Duster

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    What are the benefits of a cleaner clam in the sump? Are they beneficial? Should I get one? Since my sump light is on 24/7 to control the caulerpa, should i even consider one?

    Thanks,
    Mike
     
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  3. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    If you're talking about the sand sifting clams, don't bother. They don't live very long and don't do much IME
     
  4. mirosh

    mirosh Feather Duster

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    What I was referring to was the cleaner clam from saltwaterfish.com, check it out here
     
  5. beamer

    beamer Sea Dragon

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    Sounds pretty neat! I would also like to hear more about it.

    Cindy
     
  6. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Well now, that site doesn't tell you much about them do they :) I can't help you on this one...sorry!
     
  7. Speedy

    Speedy Fire Shrimp

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    looks like a regular chowder clam to me. remember that clams are filter feeders and feed on phyto. I think they mean it would help lower nitrates by digging in the refugium sandbed not that it eats it. IMO it would do more damage when it dies of starvation than 100 live clams will ever do to help your water quality.
     
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  9. APC

    APC Gigas Clam

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    It does look like a "Clams Casino" clam to me too. :)
     
  10. Birdlady

    Birdlady Finback Whale

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    Looks like the standard variety of COLD water clam.

    FWIW, Tridacnids do well with a little nitrates, so they must utilize them as well. I would much rather look at a tridacnid, if you have the lighting!:)
     
  11. ReefBuilderNJ

    ReefBuilderNJ Astrea Snail

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    these clams are scams! they look like regular clams that are in the waters of NJ.my local fish store had a few of these clams and a week later i went back and saw the empty shells in their tank.if you want good cleaners for your sand beds, stick to sand-sifting stars and banded serpent stars.
     
  12. My2heartboys

    My2heartboys Fire Worm

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    Do you know what killed them? Does anybody have any real experience with these critters? Good or bad, what are experiences of keeping them in aquariums?

    Anne