Clam... in a biocube 29...

Discussion in 'Clams' started by Omgtotemsreefer, Jun 17, 2012.

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  1. Omgtotemsreefer

    Omgtotemsreefer Plankton

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    So I am trying to pick the best fit for my tank. (obviously) Clam wise.
    I would love one of this purty guys but having a hard time choosing.

    Tank,
    -Biocube 29 Hoodless
    -178 MH fixture (10k) with 2 T5 antics
    -Intank Media basket and Fuge Chemi-pure elite purigen and their amazing filter floss
    - Aquticlife 115 mini skimmer
    -RKL with temp and PH probe
    -ATO slowly starting to use it to dose kalkwi (corailine is starting to grow everywhere.
    -2" argonite sand bed.
    -about 45-48 pounds of rock (mostly cause of a sizeable boulder)
    -2 true percs
    -2 skunk cleaner shrimp
    -1 turbo snail
    -8 hermits
    -78.2 constantly
    - salinity 1.026
    -PH 8.2
    -Ammonia 0
    -Nitrite 0
    -Nitrate next 0 (weekly water changes probly help.)

    Whats my best bet? and any words of advice?
     
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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Start with a hardy larger clam like a Derasa.

    Yes you might have to re-home in the next year.

    Make sure your parameters like Ca/alk/mag are in line.

    Your lighting should be sufficient for clams in that tank.

    Look for clams that

    1. Have good coloration.
    2. Mantle is extended completely and responds quickly by withdrawing the mantle to movement and shadow.
    3. Check for the presence of Pyramid snails at the foot and base before purchase.
    4. Research Pinched Mantle Disease.
     
  4. Omgtotemsreefer

    Omgtotemsreefer Plankton

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    Is there anything that is not going to quickly out grow the tank? i was leaning towards a tiger stripped dersa just to get my feet clamy. But want a lil guy that wont have to leave me in a year :(
     
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    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    You can house a 2 inch or 3 inch Derasa in that size tank for a couple years. I imagine by that time you will up grade like most.

    Or you can go the smaller clam route and try Phyto supplementation. I myself had much better luck long term with bigger clams.
     
  6. Omgtotemsreefer

    Omgtotemsreefer Plankton

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    True... i am thinking of going the 120 - 200g route in the not so distant future...
    Danke for the input.
     
  7. NanaReefer

    NanaReefer Fu Manchu Lion Fish

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    Tridacna Crocea. Smallest of the clams-with a max size of 6-9" you def got the lights for one :) I've got 1 in my 26g for 9 months now under T5HO. [​IMG]
     
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  9. dskyers

    dskyers Corkscrew Tentacle Anemone

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    I'm getting one of those in the pic above in purple for my 24G aquapod so I'm sure you will be good.
     
  10. skurious

    skurious Sailfin Tang

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    I have a crocea in my 40 gallon. it was a transfer from my 27 gallon. I think you would be fine with one.
     
  11. Omgtotemsreefer

    Omgtotemsreefer Plankton

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  12. Va Reef

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    I would say deresea would be your best bet, around 4-5". i've been keeping a 2.5" maxima in my biocube 14 under leds for 4 months or so without any problems, however.