is my clam suppose to look like this?

Discussion in 'Clams' started by billrwilson, May 1, 2006.

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  1. billrwilson

    billrwilson Fire Worm

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    i just baught a clam and as i put it in my tank i looked at the bottom of it and it is open like a hole there. is this where the foot is and where it attaches itself to things? there is a small rock attached inside the opening should i pull the rock out or what? i suppose know one will know what im talking about.here are some pics. the one has the hole covered with flesh the other is when i touched it it opened like that. what kind of clam is he/she. he has been in my tank for 1 week. he opens fully and this is the only time i did and ever will touch him. i dont want to stress him.
     

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  3. Bruce

    Bruce Giant Squid

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    I would just leave it alone. Clams dont like it when you pull their foot ^^
     
  4. billrwilson

    billrwilson Fire Worm

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    i didnt pull his foot or anything.
     
  5. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Looks like a crocea clam. It could be damage done during collection. If there is a rock inside it could have pulled it's foot all the way inside.

    I usually spend more time looking at the bottom of a clam than the top when purchasing. If the foot is gone that does not mean the clam is doomed. But it may struggle to remain health. I would let it be and see if it recovers.

    J
     
  6. billy31422

    billy31422 Feather Duster

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    looks like a crocea to me also. i have one and they like to be on rocks so the foot can attach. might help to move it off the sand bed. clams need a lot of light so i would move him high in the tank as well. your pc lighting may not penetrate enough at the bottom of a 75