Discussion in 'Clams' started by mirosh, Nov 8, 2005.
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Warm water and lack of food
You cant keep any cold water species in warm water for any length of time
A lot of these clams, and some snails sold in our hobby trade are colder water animals that just cannot tolerate the tropical temps in our systems. I would defer to Gresham, if he pops in here to confirm or correct that info tho. It is just what I have heard.
Yup, she's right, on the snails that is (no idea about the clams). Unfortunatly, one of the nicest cold water snails on the market needs California's giant kelp to survive and you ain't gonna grow that in your tank.
The copepods my company sells are cold water animals and they THRIVE in our tanks. They can take low 40's to high 90's (f) with no problem. In fact, they breed quicker at higher temps.
Thanks for the tips about the clam everyone...I guess I will just steer clear of them, especially since I am not even having Nitrate problems and that seems to be about the only beneficial aspect of them! Check out my other post to see what I ordered instead.
Could you find out about the clams?
Sorry, but there is a guy that for the last few months have been testing the clam theory.
First, they are tolerant to water temperatures (huge range like 35-83) Yes, they like it a bit cooler than warm, but they work wonders.
Second, they do lower nitrates. He had this great experiment he was running testing the trates everyday. Knocked them down from 60 (or so) down to zip!
They are impressive. I bought some from the LFS today. I will keep ya posted.
I recently took a trip down to San Diego and my Fiancee and I found a clam right by the ocean along with many snails.. I looked it up and it turns out to be a cleaner clam.. as for the people saying they are worthless.. I put the snails and clam into my saltwater tank and the sand is becoming cleaner and the snails are eating algae off the walls... I didn't pay a dime for them just came across them by pure luck and they have been living in my tank for almost 3 weeks now.. and they are all living in 78 degree water..
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