Kessil a360we for Maxim Clam.

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  1. JaysLittleOcean

    JaysLittleOcean Spaghetti Worm

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    I just added a new small 0.5 inch Maxima Clam to me system. My aquarium dimensions are 36x36x36 and My Kessil a360we sits dead center about 5 inches of the water surface. I like the color to run at 100% to get that daytime 14K look but what intensity does everyone recommend? I don't want to shock the poor thing running it too high?
     
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  3. DSC reef

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    That much light can actually hurt a clam that small. I try to stay away from clams under 3" due to the mortality rate. I kept a 1" clam for a year then it died in 3 days time. All my other clams I never had a problem with. I would turn the light down or make sure it's not directly under it. If you notice the clam not opening or little mantle extension I'd move it
     
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    It sounds like you are saying you run the color at 100%? I assume the clam is on the bottom? The main thing is to acclimate to the intensity. You should be fine peaking intensity at about 70-80% (assuming you have a controller). After a couple weeks increase you can increase by 10% or so. I agree with DSC on the morality of small clams.
     
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    Yes, I have the controller. It sitting on the sandbed (3 feet under water). I haven't fully programmed my kessil but I like the color to stay at 100% and I will play around with the intensity. I'm assuming I should feed phyto to supplement? I don't mind trying to raise the little bugger.
     
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    Billme Eyelash Blennie

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    While you are playing around with the intensity keep in mind that the clam requires a certain amount to live. 3 feet is deep and it will take a lot of light to be adequate.
     
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    Thanks Billme. I will see what works and feed phyto to supplement my guesswork.
     
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    Only way to know is to try. Clams are one of my favorite things in this hobby. Look up my thread called 3reef clamily and post a pic on there. I'm trying to get pics of everybody's clams on 3reef.
     
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  10. JaysLittleOcean

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    DSC reef, I will definitely have to do that. I actuslly decided to not be scared and ramped my single Kessil a360we up to 80% - 85% and presto started extending her mantle nicely.
     
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    Glad to hear! I need to get another clam because my squamosa has outgrown the reef tank. I'm gonna miss it but it's been fun watching the clam grow and develop colors
     
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    JaysLittleOcean Spaghetti Worm

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    Picture? How large?