placement of maxima clam

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  1. t4zalews

    t4zalews Flamingo Tongue

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    I just picked up a maxima clam from liveaquaria. they keep their clams under 400W 20K halides. I have 2 150W 14K halides with 4 39W T5 actinics. It was shipped over night. I placed the clam half way up in the tank. Should I take him down to the sand in the beginning then rise him up? or should I just leave him where he is? he is fully open and responds to light. Just the colors are all dull.
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  3. PackLeader

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    Maxima'a are rock-boring clams. Regardless as to where you want to move it, it needs to stay in the rock.
    I would say just leave it. They are capable of moving anyways, so if it's not happy, it will move to where it feels comfotable.
    How big is the clam?
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    its 2 in., im not worried about the size, I'll start feeding it when it gets used to the tank. My concern is about the color of the little guy. He's really just like brownish colors. Shoudl be blue and purple. I'm thinking he's just stressed from shipping? hopefully, I moved him to the sand for the rest of the day, I'll put him back up if he looks better tomorrow.
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    Well, putting it in the sand definitley won't help it with stress. Like I said, they are a rock boring clam and need to be in the rocks.
    Did you actually go and pick it up or order it? It could also be that its just a dull colored maxima. I've seen some ugly ones out there. And liveaquaria is not WYSIWYG, unless you ordered it from diver's den?
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    400W 20000K bulb colors won't be matched by the T5 actinic lighting and the 14000K MH. Remember that what they send you is not always WYSIWYG. What they show online is usually a plain stock pic. If they had the clam under 300W 14000K MH and T5 actics, it would look the same as what you are seeing now. Another thing to consider is that maybe they sent you a golden maxima clam, which is brown in color.
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    Yea I ordered it from Diver's Den. That's the only way I would buy corals/inverts/fish online is WYSIWYG. It's not on the sand, I placed him on a small flat rock that is under his foot, that was placed on the sand bed. Are you saying that giving high light would be better for it then trying to start off on the bottom. He was shipped from Wisconsin overnight, I live in Michigan. I guess that would be a normal time period. But then again, he would have to adapt to my tank. NOTE: I have two derasa's both 5 in. that are doing remarkably.
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    Flat small rock will be fine. And it would all depend on how deep they had theirs in the tank with the lighting. I would think its getting less lighting now. And like mike said, the spectrum of the bulbs makes a huge difference. They could have plain old photoshop'd/edit the pic as well. Happens all the time.
    But right now at 2" lighting will have little to do with it. Try feeding it for a few days, a couple of times a day, and see what happens.
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    So, should I move it back up to where it was so that it gets more light? The more I think about it, I don't have powerful enough lights to bleach it, do I? I'll pick up some DT's tomorrow and start feeding it.
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    Clams are one of those organisms that will take as much light as you can throw at it, particularly the crocea and maxima. (of course there are limits naturally). Im thinking too that if it is a brownish color, it may be a golden maxima. I haven't really heard of clams changing colors like that, but I could be wrong. Maybe they messed up and sent the wrong one.
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    It's really hard to light shock a clam. I have my crocea about 10 inches below a 175 watt iwasaki and it is loving life.
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    This is the clam picture on diver's den, this is the exact same clam I have, I compared the curves and mantle extension.
    Diver's Den:
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    In my tank:
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    See if you can get a hold of them, maybe even send the pics. Yeah, I would be PO'd. IDK how they do their shots or anything, and I'm not trying to ruffle feathers, but the liveaquaria pic looks edited to me. Looks way too grainey. Looks to be overexposed with massive contrast adjustments as well.
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    I'm gunna give it a couple days and see if any color comes back, if not I'm giving them a call. That color is bull****, I dont have 400W halides but seriously, the place I have it is pushing some major PAR values. and, I just replaced my halide bulbs today, the same day as the clam, these are the brightest they will ever be.
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    Well, it wouldnt be the brightness or power so much that would effect it, specially since the clam is small and isn't fully photosynthesizing anyways. It would be more of what spectrum the lighting was. And your spectrum choices with your bulbs are good for colors anyways. Are you running 420 or 460 for the actinics? What manufacturer are the bulbs?
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    I second that. Picture is definitely edited. I wouldn't be too happy, you may want to contact liveaquaria about the specimen they sent.
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    The halides are 150W 14K pheonix, I have 2 460nm and 2 420nm actinic T5's, both made by current. I need to get new actinic bulbs, I think I'm just going to buy 4 420nm lamps, 460's don't really do anything.

    It baffles me how ugly this clam is right now, I pray it starts producing some colors or liveaquaria gets it. I don't understand how all my corals are so colorful, including my derasa clams, and then this happens. To see my tank just click on my tank thread. (The clam is located where the Poci combo is, but there is a rock boosting the clam up higher...left side, branch rock.)
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    I did check out your other pics earlier. Everything else is definitley healthy and looks good.
    If you do get new T5 bulbs, I highly reccommend going with UVL's.
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    Thanks for the UVL recommendation, I look at all the lamps and I have no idea which ones to get, I was just going to get guisemann but they are overpriced I think. I'll be picking up 4 UVL T5 420nm actinic lamps soon.

    I'll keep on posting back to show any progress or not. Hopefully I'm back soon with some more colorful pictures.

    Thanks for the all this insite packleader
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    No problem! And best of luck. This sucks I know. I had it happen with some e-bay corals once. I wasn't entirely displeased but it was still a bummer. Keep us updated, I'd like to know how it turns out either way
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    Holy photoshopped freakin pic