Best beginner clam??

Discussion in 'Clams' started by Katie Grant, Sep 10, 2010.

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  1. Katie Grant

    Katie Grant Aiptasia Anemone

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    Ive had my tank for almost a year now, and have always wanted to get a clam. Are they difficult to take care of? Anything special i should know? Tips? Any specific kind??;D
     
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  3. the fisherman

    the fisherman Vlamingii Tang

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    derasa are easy to care for. with your lighting you can keep any clam you want.
     
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    evolved Wrasse Freak

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    If you've got the lighting (which you do) and the quality water parameters they need, they're effortless to care for. So let's hear about your water parameters please. Specifically interested in chemistry, ie - Ca, dKh, Mg.
     
  5. MoJoe

    MoJoe Dragon Wrasse

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    Derasa are nice clams and can live off of lower lighting, that would be a nice start. They also like it on the sandbed which is also nice too.
     
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  6. oceanparadise1

    oceanparadise1 Fire Squid

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    I feed mine once to twice a week, i use a wegmans container that you would get like pasta salad in, cut a small hole in the top and take a turkey baster and blast some food into the container and leave it there wtih a rock on top of it for about 20-30 minutes.
     
  7. mcfarrow

    mcfarrow Skunk Shrimp

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    What are you feeding your clams?
     
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  9. oceanparadise1

    oceanparadise1 Fire Squid

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    phytoplankton in small amounts
     
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    mcfarrow Skunk Shrimp

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    cool
     
  11. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I would start with a Derasa larger than 2.5 inchies, which is pretty easy to find now a days. And with a clam that large and good lighting I really do not see a need to provided supplemental feedings. Look for a clam with good color, one that extends it's mantel fully and check for pyramid snails at the base of the clam before you purchase it if you get it a LFS. Placement for the Derase should be in the sandbed away from any corals that may potentially sting it, like the hammer corals and such. Have fun clam shopping. ;D
     
  12. kcbrad

    kcbrad Giant Squid

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    I vote deresa
     
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