can clams be kept under leds?

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  1. rc_mcwaters3

    rc_mcwaters3 Clown Trigger

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    I was looking at clams and wanted to know if there was any way that they could be kept under leds? and if so what types.

    I have never owned a clam before but they are beautiful and I would like to have one but only if it can grow healthy and happy.

    TYIA ;D
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  3. Ruminus

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    With a really cool 8x4x3 acrylic tank as a box spring... What? Oh, LEDs, not beds. Sorry, that's what I get reading posts at 4 am. Anyway, no idea on the lighting, but I would assume if the PAR and wavelength was right, it should work. And now, I must go contact my acrylic supplier to see if they can fab up my new box spring. LOL Edit - It was a silly thought, but it got me curious, so I used the handy dandy volume calculator. That would be a 717 gallon tank. MUST DO IT!!
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  4. rc_mcwaters3

    rc_mcwaters3 Clown Trigger

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    LOL I have been up all night working so I get It ;D
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    haloist Skunk Shrimp

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    I have mine under LEDs and it seems to be doing pretty well! Mine's a baby Maxima clam that opens up all the way everyday! lol :)
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    rc_mcwaters3 Clown Trigger

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    here come the Q&A's LOL

    how deep is the clam?

    how far are the lights away frow the tank?

    what type of leds are you using?

    any segustions for keeping one under leds?
  7. haloist

    haloist Skunk Shrimp

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    Maxima Clams typically like to attach themselves onto rocks, so you'd want to place them on a rock first. Position-wise, I heard the closer to the light, the better.

    Well, since mine is a pico tank, I placed mine on the sand because it's not too far away from the light, maybe like two feet away from the lights.

    I'm using the Ecoxotic Ecopico 12K LEDs. They're known for their lighting, you should check them out!

    As for suggestions, I heard you always want to get big clams, not small ones like mine because they're a lot harder to maintain. Squamosa clams tend to be pretty hardy and Maxima clams are slightly less hardy, but still pretty hardy if you have a well established tank.

    In general, if you have a big tank, you want to place them high up, close to the lights, since they're primarily photosynthetic (occasionally filter feeds). You also want to be careful of tankmates that may eat the clam! And, remember to get clams that are full grown!

    I'd also do some more research before getting one. If you do get one, post a pic, I wanna seee! :D

    Good Luck!


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  9. evolved

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    I have a maxima at the bottom of my tank (24" deep). I'm using 3W CREEs (DIY). He's been there for over 6 months and seems to be doing fine, besides bleaching on me :p I can't say if that was due to too much light or some other environmental condition, but there was no obvious event to induce it.

    So yes, the right kind of LEDs are plenty for any type of clam.
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    rc_mcwaters3 Clown Trigger

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    good thats what I was hopeing to here ;D

    some more opinions or experences would be nice to LOL
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    Mkizla Eyelash Blennie

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    Im not sure if that lighting will support maxima clam
    Ecopico Desktop Aquarium - Eco Pico Aquarium

    It does not tell the wattage but seeing the $22 dollar price tag, $50 dollar stunner is 6 watt, so estimate maybe 3 watt this is.

    In my opinion anyway I think you will need more than one, from somewhere on forum, I heard clams opening fully extent means they are not getting enough light. Anyway good luck keeping it in pico tank
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    nuisance Astrea Snail

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    I got a crocea clam now for 5 months, about 12 inches away from 4 x T5 bulbs and it's doing just fine (have been placed on the live rock).
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    jimmy_beaner Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    My understanding is that with enough LED lighting, you can provide enough light for about anything in your tank.
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  15. mikejrice

    mikejrice 3reef Affiliate

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    That's true to some extent while a clam is first getting used to your tank, but once it's acclimated they will extend to the point which they are most comfortable at. The muscles in clams are used to pull them closed. They are spring loaded to be open, so they will adjust the amount of zooxanthellae in their mantle to get enough food at that sprung open point.

    As far as the original question, you would have to be more specific. It's possible to keep clams under any type of reef lighting there is given the right conditions. You can certainly keep one under LEDs given the right conditions. There are also five major types of clams in the hobby and all have different conditions they need, so you would have to decide on that too.
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    I knew this would come up LOL not in a bad way though ;D

    it will go in a 75 gallon and I have been looking up the diffrent types but still havent really narrowed one down to the "easy" one to keep. some advise from my fellow 3reefers is welcomed and much appreciated though ;D
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    The easiest, and ugliest IMO, is the derasa. The best compromise between looks and ease of care is a squamosa.
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    i will definatly look into this species and try to find one that looks good ;D lol
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    I'm certainly no clam expert, I do know however, clams differs from coral, in that you really can't give them too much light. They can tolerate anything you can throw at them really. Also, from what I understand, they tend to prefer more natural daylight, around 6500K or so, which if natural is pretty wide spectrum light. So, leds, having a bit of a peaked spectrum may not be quite as ideal.

    However, that dosn't mean you can't keep them under leds, many people do and are successful doing so. Some get pretty big, and suck up ca and alk in the proccess so, honestly, if they grow a bit slower, that may not be undesirable. I would imagine though, it isn't much different than keeping them under say a 20000K MH, which people also do all the time... A 6500K MH is probably best for clams growth though, but obviously is going to be pretty ugly too.
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    lol six in one hand and a half dozen in the other huh ;D