New clam, possible issues

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  1. Poseidon27

    Poseidon27 Flamingo Tongue

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    Ok so I went and picked up a derasa clam today from my LFS, I acclimated it for about an hour and a half then put it in the tank without exposing it to the air so I didn't have to burp it. I let it sit in the tank for about an hour and then turned the lights on and it opened up about all the way after about 15 min but then I got to looking and I didn't see my fighting conch anywhere so I checked all over the tank till I found it wedged behind my rock wall. He has gotten stuck before but when I pulled him out this time his foot was hard and he smelled horrible (the whole room reeks now) and I knew he had died. So I took him out and got rid of it and I don't think it was in there like that for very long cause I had not noticed the smell until just then and none of my cleaning crew had made its way of to it yet to eat, but I'm still kinda worried about the tank. I checked the water and my ammonia was at 0, my nitrates were at about 3, and nitrites 0. I went ahead and added some stability to the tank just to be on the safe side but now my clam is about half way closed up and I'm a little worried. Would it be just because it stressed out from all the moving in the tank, the light changes, and all or would it be because of something in the water? I really don't want to lose him cause clams are one of my favorite animals and also he wasn't cheap haha. Thanks for any help and advice.
     
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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    How big is the tank?

    Honestly a large snail dying in an established tank has never worried me much. How old is the tank?

    Adding products to prevent something that might happen does worry me.

    Show us an image if it does not get better.


    I have never in my life acclimated a clam for longer than 30 min, nor have I ever burped one, and I have had a lot of clams in my years.

    Are you running GFO or dosing anything?

    Parameters please, alk, sg.

    :)
     
  4. Poseidon27

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    That tank is a little over a year old, it's a 55 gal. I'll have the pater params tomorrow. The SG is 1.026 and doesn't really fluctuate, I'm not too worried about it but I just wanted to make sure. I'll post up the water specs tomorrow, my kit is about used up and need a new one, I knew I was forgetting something at the store haha. I have been testing at 440 for calcium and 1260 for mag. I don't use the stability often but I keep it around for things like that cause I've been told by quite a few that it helps with things like that but what do y'all think? I would trust y'all ideas and advise a lot more haha.
     
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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Ok than, this is a larger established tank and a snail dying should not really impact it much.

    Parameters are stable.

    I would than chalk it up to acclimation.

    Make sure a fish such as an angel is not nipping at the mantel, check for pyramid snail at the base and foot of the clam. You do not have to remove it from the water to do this.

    Check alk if you can not pH is the next best thing.

    Again if tomorrow when the lights come on and the mantel is not fully extended post an image.

    Another thought is flow, mod to lower flow IME.

    Let us know how it goes please.
     
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    I think all should be well. Using the Stability should do no harm. As long as the params are good all should be fine.
     
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    The pH is at about 8.1, I do have a coral beauty but it has shown no interet it the clam (knock on wood), the flow is lower to very lightly moderate. As for as for the pyramid snails, what do they look like, how do I check for them, and if they're there how do I get rid of them?
     
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  9. whippy

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    I wouldn't worry about a dead snail really. Even in my 5g I let my CUC have at it...
     
  10. Corailline

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !

    The clam sounds like it's just acclimating right now if all else is fine.

    You can google "images of Pyramid snails on Tridacna" or just clam.

    You can usually see them at night on the clam when the snails come out to feed.

    Manual removal is the only tried and true method of removal. Some Wrasses have been reported to eat them. Problem is though that Pyramids are nocturnal and Wrasse are diurnal.

    No need to even cross that bridge though right now if the clam seems normal today. If you are going to keep clams though, Pyraminds are a common pest and become a nightmare to get rid of if not caught in time. The are parasitic and literally suck the bodily fluids out of clams. A couple of Pyramids do not have much impact on a larger clam, but in the home aquarium where Pyramids have no natural predators, the snails numbers can quickly get out of control.
     
  11. Poseidon27

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    Yea this morning when my asenctia blues came on it opened up all the way then when the 10,000 K daylights it flinched a little then opened up all the way again so I think its doing fine. I was checking it out at last night and I didn't see any of the snails or anything on but I'll leep an eye on it for awhile.