Let's talk clams

Discussion in 'Clams' started by Moby Duck, Jul 24, 2012.

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  1. Moby Duck

    Moby Duck Purple Spiny Lobster

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    So I bought a clam that will be here Thursday!! Yay!! Now I'm worried.... I keep reading where people get their clam and it dies the next day. I realized I don't know how to spot an unhealthy clam. Can anyone help me out? Give me a few things to look for?

    Also I keep hearing about pinched mantle disease... What's that like?
     
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  3. 1.0reef

    1.0reef Giant Squid

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    Pinched mantle
    Injuries
    Small cone shaped snails
    Here's a few...
     
  4. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Pinched mantle appears as a ruffling and curling along the edges of the mantle.

    The clam should have good coloration when viewed from above. It should respond quickly by closing to shadows and movement. Check the base/foot of the clam for Pyramid snails and along the chutes.

    The shells should be a lined and close tightly.

    Medium to larger clams are hardier IME.
     
  5. Dingo

    Dingo Giant Squid

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    you can supplement feed with phytoplankton. place the clam in a container of saltwater and pour in a bit of phyto. the water will be clean in a few hours after the clam has filtered it all.
     
  6. ingtar_shinowa

    ingtar_shinowa Giant Squid

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    Moby, make sure your clam is in a secure spot too. I'm 3-2 for baby clams and I think I would be 4-1 if I made sure they were in a secure location for the first couple weeks.
     
  7. Moby Duck

    Moby Duck Purple Spiny Lobster

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    The one I'm getting is 2.75 inches. Is that decent size? I mean is it hardy??

    If I make a shadow over my tank he will close? And if he doesn't what's that mean?

    Are the snails only at the base??

    Also how long til he attached to something? And can he attach to a rock or PVC piece?

    Do they stretch for light??
     
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  9. cosmo

    cosmo Giant Squid

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    not really sure what ya mean??
     
  10. Moby Duck

    Moby Duck Purple Spiny Lobster

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    Well if he isn't getting enough light do they stretch like an anemone does?

    In other words how will I know he is getting enough light?
     
  11. Dingo

    Dingo Giant Squid

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    What are your lights
     
  12. dskyers

    dskyers Corkscrew Tentacle Anemone

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    I have it in the strongest light part in my tank and since o have added it has noticeably grown its very nice and your going to love it.

    As far as acclimation I just temp matched and put him in I believe in the KISS theory if its going to make it will if not it won't. I plan to add another soon. So no worries it's something that completes a tank IMO