I MAY HAVE KILLED MY CLAM!

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  1. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Re: F**** I MAY HAVE KILLED MY CLAM!

    Just picked up some DT Phyto from the store!

    Gonna do some water tests and then feed this dude.

    Thanks for the good clam thoughts Greg!

    Oh and thanks for joining 3reef. [smiley=2thumbsup.gif]
     
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  3. Land_Fish

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    Re: F**** I MAY HAVE KILLED MY CLAM!

    I hope for a good night of clam healing
     
  4. saxman

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    Re: F**** I MAY HAVE KILLED MY CLAM!

    you're welcome Matt.

    Barry N. is the REAL clam guru, i popped in and caught your next post, so i thought i'd help. :)

    let us know how it goes...*more clam-ma for ya*

    Greg
     
  5. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Re: F**** I MAY HAVE KILLED MY CLAM!

    Thank guys, did some water tests and fed him last night.. he's hanging in there.

    Tests were pretty good except my calcium took a big drop since last test. And I did my first iodine test, it was really low. So I have to mix up a witch's brew for the I.V. this weekend.


    May 13th, 7:42pm

    pH 8.3
    alk 4 meq/L 11.2 KH
    nitrite 0
    nitrate 0

    free ammonia - a dash - between 0 - .02. 1st time in a long time, definitely related to whatever the crocea spewed out I think.

    cal 225! Damn! The clam and hard corals must be sucking this up. Two weeks ago I was at around 380.

    iodine < .01
     
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    Matt,

    be careful with the iodine...clams don't tolerate it well.
     
  7. Matt Rogers

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    Really! Good to know.. thanks.. I thought I read some where we should keep it at .06. Is that too high for clams?
     
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  9. saxman

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    Re: F**** I MAY HAVE KILLED MY CLAM!

    if you have fish and feed your tank, it's most likely getting all the iodine it needs.

    that being said, i'm trying to find the article that talks about clams and iodine, but haven't yet...i'm not sure it gave a magic number tho.

    one more thing: elemental iodine is much more toxic than iodide.

    HTH...still looking for that article!
     
  10. Matt Rogers

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    R.I.P. Clam. :'(

    Well I awoke to find my clam dead today. Fug.
    He seemed to be doing better, I was kinda surprised. But when I pulled him out I saw the damage I did to his foot and I am no longer suprised.

    I don't think the kalk bomb from my I.V. yesterday helped much, that seemed to upset everybody. Boy, when it rains it pours. (I need a better doser!)

    Did a 1/3 water change today and will be replacing carbon soon.

    Thanks for all the well wishes though and I hope all this helps somebody else.

    :)


    [quote author=Matt Rogers link=board=Inverts;num=1084471525;start=15#16 date=05/13/04 at 11:03:27]LESSONS LEARNED:

    - Do not manhandle a clam, if it's foot is attached to something do not try to detach strands by hand, cut it with clean blade or scissors. I learned this hours too late.

    - If you are trying to put a Crocea clam on a rock, make sure it has enough room to move around without falling. If it eventually becomes unhappy, cut it and move it to the sand.

    - BUY AQUACULTURED. Then you don't feel as bad. I am glad it's not wild caught.



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  11. Craig Manoukian

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    Bummer Matt, I know how you feel! great lesson fotr everyone. What did you determine caused the clam to weaken in the first place? Do you have Metal Halide lighting?
     
  12. Jason McKenzie

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    Re: F**** I MAY HAVE KILLED MY CLAM!

    Crap Matt that's too bad. Well time to get back on that horse.
    He I saw something cool. Some one created a circle out of Maine epoxy for a clam to site in. After he made it he waited a couple of months for coranine to cover the circle and then he added a clam. This is a great way to make a perfect ledge for a clam.

    J