Discussion in 'Clams' started by Rawdogz, Jul 10, 2009.
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errror not brine shrimp, liq phytoplankton
with u think is better
Max or Derasa
Derasa are easier to keep then maxima. They are considered better starter clams
i went to my LFS last night and they are having a 25% of all saltwater sale, so for my clam this is what am looking at. They have a
Max S (it starts with a S don’t remember the name but its the brown colored one ) 1" to 2" = 40$
Max blue 1 1/2" to 2 1/2" = 60$
Derasa 3" to 4" = 75$
if I go for either of the Max's I would more than likely get 2.
As has been mentioned, clams under 3" need to be fed and have a VERY poor survival rate in aquariums even when they are target fed. In the future, you'll definitely want to buy a larger clam.
Check this book out: "Giant Clams in the Sea and the Aquarium" by James Fatherree. This book has alot of great information. I found it on another forum a while back.
now on to the feeding a clam under 2 inch myth.
In 1981 a couple of gentlemen named fitt and trench did a study on squamosa clams. They raised them from eggs in 100 percent filtered seawater. They cared for these clams for 10 months and reported that they not only lived without any sort of feeding, they actually grew.
in 1994 klumpp and lucas found that on their 2.2 cm derasa clam it got 140 percent of it's needed energy from zooxanthella alone.
in 1994 klumpp and griffiths found
4.2 Cm Gigas (1.68 inch) = 191%
2.4 cm Crocea (just under an inch) = 206%
4.2 cm Squamosa (1.68 inch) = 118%
from zooxanthellae alone. Just a little clam insight for ya
oh and ORA doesn't feed their aquacultured clams at all from birth
Fatherree is the person who said that clams that small have a dismal survival rate in aquariums when he spoke to our club back in 2007.
I haven’t gotten it yet amcarrig i plan on getting it on sat, I was just getting everyone opinion on the pricing and size. Am 80% sure that am going with the Derasa because of what schackmel said and the prize and size.
Do they have larger clams at the shop you're going to? It might be worth the extra $$ to buy a larger clam seeing as it's chances of survival will be greater.
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