Moving a happy Clam?

Discussion in 'Clams' started by Covey, Mar 2, 2005.

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  1. Covey

    Covey Scooter Blennie

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    I have a Cocrea clam and it is firmly attached to a large rock My old tank I was worried it wouldn't get enough light so it fairly high on the rock. That not a problem in the new tank and I wanted to put it on the sand. I was wondering if there are any secrets to moving it with out injuring its foot?
     
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  3. Bruce

    Bruce Giant Squid

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    um...if it was up to me (and u can just move the rock its on) i would leave it alone...of course u can prolly cut the foot...but IMO its risky...maybe somone else thinks otherwisE?
     
  4. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    [quote author=Covey link=board=Inverts;num=1109808820;start=0#0 date=03/02/05 at 19:13:40]I have a Cocrea clam and it is firmly attached to a large rock My old tank I was worried it wouldn't get enough light so it fairly high on the rock.  That not a problem in the new tank and I wanted to put it on the sand.  I was wondering if there are any secrets to moving it with out injuring its foot?[/quote]
    Croceas are rock boring clams and will not be happy on the sand bed unless you put something underneath it that it can attach its foot too (for example, a piece of rock or a dead clam/oyster shell). I would just leave it be as they are one of the most light demanding clams in the hobby.
     
  5. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Good tips Annick. :)

    Covey - Don't do what I did! - I got frustrated and pulled it too hard. It eventually died. One of my dummer moves.  :'(
     
  6. DaxAlbrecht

    DaxAlbrecht Plankton

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    Crocea clams perfer to stay attached to a hard substrate. I would not place it on the sand. it will not expand as well and will keep moving around until it finds a rock. If you want to put it on the bottom of your tank, put it on a rock that is on/near the bottom, not the sand.
     
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    Black_Raven Scooter Blennie

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    Covey, You can try taking a cheisel and cutting off a small piece of the rock that it is attached too. I did this with my maxima clam and it survived, although I may have just been lucky! Good luck!
     
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  9. My2heartboys

    My2heartboys Fire Worm

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    Bruce--don't know much about clams---but I think you got a point. I would just leave it be. If it wants to move it will obviously do so on its own.

    Anne
     
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