Help i think my clam is dieing!

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  1. Seancelebrity

    Seancelebrity Feather Duster

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    So as of about 2 weeks ago i noticed my clams mantel was contracting on the back end.
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    so i started adding calcium to see if that would fix it. it helped a little but still wasnt back to normal. so i did what i was also advised and put him in fresh water for approx 8 minutes then put him back into my tank. did that he closed up and wouldnt open for about 30 minutes but then again still wouldnt open all the way up. once i put him back into my tank after the fresh water dip he rolled himself off the top of the rock onto the lower part of my tank so i was worried because he had not tried to move in the month he was on top of the rock. i figured it was because i put a new led set up on my tank and he didnt like it so i put him on the sand bed [​IMG]
    he flipped himself on his side and sat there for awhile. i finally moved him back up to a rock and turned down my lights.
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    i am worried because he doesnt react to my hand over the light as quickly as before could be be dieing? is there something wrong with him? i was told by a frag seller that clams dont like led lights and they will die truth or bull? please help!
     
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  3. ingtar_shinowa

    ingtar_shinowa Giant Squid

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    Doesn't look good :-( I have previously had bad luck with maxima. I'll give you a bump though.
     
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    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    The FW dip is generally not good for any SW creature. By the time you noticed the mantle recession it is usually too late. It should have attached by now also.
     
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    Seancelebrity Feather Duster

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    It was attached and then I went to do the fw dip now it wont attach and it's now closed up
     
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    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    How did you remove it?
     
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    Seancelebrity Feather Duster

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    Picked him up ? I didn't know there was any other way
     
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    You need to very carefully cut the byssal filaments loose. Tearing them while moving the clam can cause death.
     
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    Seancelebrity Feather Duster

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    awesome im sure i killed my clam! great!! how do i know if he is dead or not?
     
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    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    When the clean up crew is mobbing it.
     
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    Seancelebrity Feather Duster

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    Alright thank you for your help. I hope he isn't dead I like him a lot :/