Not-So-Happy clam

Discussion in 'Clams' started by blackraven1425, May 25, 2010.

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  1. blackraven1425

    blackraven1425 Giant Squid

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    I just went down, and saw my cleaner shrimp and 2 whelks picking on it.

    I pulled off the 2 whelks, scared away the cleaner shrimp......and the whole inside of the clam was filled with whelks. There were another 6 or so in there.
     
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  3. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    That seriously sucks
     
  4. blackraven1425

    blackraven1425 Giant Squid

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    Hell yes it does. I'm going to take those bastards out of the tank as they get on the clam, so I don't have to worry about them anymore.
     
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    GuitarMan89 Giant Squid

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    Didn't know that, good info.
     
  6. tigermike74

    tigermike74 Panda Puffer

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    Oh man, the cleaner and whelks messing with it isn't a good sign. :( If you can, move the clam up higher, it needs more lighting. Even though Derasas aren't as needy, T5 lights don't penetrate deep enough when they are on the sand. Having the GFO off shouldn't cause the problems, since clams use phosphates and nitrates as a food source. Is there a possibility that the byssal was damaged recently?
     
  7. Dingo

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    the hundreds of copepods on it is the first bad sign...
    i hate to say it but im pretty sure it may be a goner. :(
     
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  9. blackraven1425

    blackraven1425 Giant Squid

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    It is; it's not pumping at all anymore, no reaction to shadows, has no more foot, and won't close when the cleaner touches it. There's no more whelks, as they were all thrown in the freezer, but the cleaner keeps going over and picking at it for a bit, and there's lots of pods on it.
     
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  10. Renee@LionfishLair

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    I would remove this at this point. No need of the extra decomposing going on in your tank.
     
  11. 2in10

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    Sorry for your loss.
     
  12. horkn

    horkn Giant Squid

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    That's too bad.

    fwiw, your lighting wasn't the cause of it I am certain.

    I had 3x39 (117w) of t5ho on my 35g and I had a very happy squamosa and maximas in it. A squamosa and derasa are pretty similar in light requirements.