Color on my Ultra Maxima Clam??

Discussion in 'Clams' started by jfenton954, Jun 6, 2012.

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  1. jfenton954

    jfenton954 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    He's been like this since I got him. Yes he does close when he is shaded or when I clean the glass with a magnet.
     
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  3. jfenton954

    jfenton954 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Well I tried a fresh water dip an I think I killed him :(......
     
  4. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    No your clam was on it's way out.

    If you want to purchase another clam, I personally would get a larger Derasa to start with, anything over 2 inches. They are cheaper and hardier.

    Get a clam with good coloration, one that quickly closes in reaction to shadow and movement. Check for the presence of Pyramid snails at the base/foot of the clam.

    Smaller clams are not as hardy in my experience.

    There are a few clam disease and parasites to be aware of. As the clam gets larger you need to be concerned with possible dosing, but cross that bridge with you come to it.

    You have adequate lighting, next is starting with a healthy specimen.
     
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  5. jfenton954

    jfenton954 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    I will try that thanks for your help
     
  6. Thatgrimguy

    Thatgrimguy Flying Squid

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    In addition to what Corailline told you to look for. Check that the mouth isn't gaping and that it doesn't look torn in any way. Make sure there are no weird spots on the mantle as well. Check craigslist and local boards often. I have found my best livestock from other reefers.