Please Help Me ID This Clam

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  1. Indiana Boy

    Indiana Boy Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Hello! I got this 5" purple clam today from a friend. He said it was a Deresa clam. It was attached to his rockwork by two small filaments. Here are some pics. Could you please help me ID this?
    Thank you
    JP
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  3. mikejrice

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    Looks like a crocea, but I can't tell you for sure without some closer pictures. Can you get a closeup of the intake and the side of the shell?
     
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  4. Indiana Boy

    Indiana Boy Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Yes, of course.. here you go...
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    i hope these help.
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  5. Indiana Boy

    Indiana Boy Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Now my clam is smoking!!!! have i upset it???
     
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    Either T. crocea or T. maxima...my guess is crocea from what I can see...the easiest way to tell them apart is crocea has a nearly smooth shell and maxima has much larger protruding scutes.
     
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  7. Reef-a-holic

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    Definitely crocea based on the new photos.

    Smoking is most likely spawning...is this a brand new clam? The stress of being moved and new water params often make them spawn.
     
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  9. Indiana Boy

    Indiana Boy Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Yes brand new. Any tips on Crocea placement???
    Thanks so much!!!
    JP
     
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    yupers, its a crocea, maximas have a different shell texture.
     
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    Crocea is a rock boring clam...so they prefer to be on rock vs. sand/subtrate...I always suggest placing on a smaller piece of rock to allow the clam to attatch...once attached you can move the clam and rock easily as needed without disturbing the clam...trying to remove a clam once attached can damage the clam.

    What type of lighting do you have?...blue crocea are one of the highest light animals we keep.
     
  12. Indiana Boy

    Indiana Boy Coral Banded Shrimp

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    4 bulb T5 using ATI bulbs. I am keeping several sps and acros. Will this be sufficient???