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Discussion in 'Clams' started by reefgirl16, May 9, 2012.

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  1. reefgirl16

    reefgirl16 Feather Duster

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    I've had my aquarium for a year now and I been looking at clams and eyeing them on online stores. From what I understand is that they need strong lighting and moderate flow. I have food to feed it and brine shrimp on the way. Any advice before I take the plunge?
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  3. NanaReefer

    NanaReefer Fu Manchu Lion Fish

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    First of all-you do not need to feed clams. Especially brine shrimp. Keep an eye on your calcium levels as clams can/will deplete it rapidly. Especially the larger ones. What lights are you running?
     
  4. cosmo

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    +1 to nana, first I'd say read up on them a bit more before getting. The only clams ya need to feed are little ones under 1 1/2"s or so. And yes light is the main priority here, as well as maintaining proper praam's. I've managed to keep my 7" crocea, 5" derasa and 3" maxima thriving with just proper tank monitoring.
     
  5. Will0417

    Will0417 Guest

    IME, Clams are incredibly hard to keep alive. One may live 6 months or more but, in the end mine always die a horrible death. If you get one cheap, why not? But I would never buy an expensive one. They also like to walk around in your tank and dislike fine sand(especially sand storms).

    This is just my experience. They look cool for a while...
     
  6. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    You have just unfortunately had bad experiences with clams. A nice flat surface will allow them to attach themselves and keep them from walking. I have a maxima that has been in my tank over 2 years and is thriving.
     
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    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I suggest you both read this thread thoroughly.

    http://www.3reef.com/forums/clams/must-reads-about-clams-75670.html

    All things a side I would try to get a clam larger than 2" as they seem to adjust to capture, transport and acclimation better.
     
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  9. NanaReefer

    NanaReefer Fu Manchu Lion Fish

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    Sorry for your bad experience and a very unusual one at that :( Given proper lighting and water conditions clams are very much a joy to have in our tanks :) Don't give up!
     
  10. NanaReefer

    NanaReefer Fu Manchu Lion Fish

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    What's your point? Nothing I've read in these links contradicts anything Cosmo nor I have said ;)
     
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    SAY Ocellaris Clown

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    But it does cover items that you haven't. ;)

    Also, I have read that it is a myth that smaller clams need to be fed more than their larger brothers.
     
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  12. reefgirl16

    reefgirl16 Feather Duster

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    Thanks for the in puts everyone. I read the articles and did some more reaserch of my own so I've decided to wait until I upgrade my lights from OH T5s I'm keeping and eye out for a good deal on some leds. So thanks again for the inputs and ur experiences :)