Tridacnid clam

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  1. evojoe67

    evojoe67 Aiptasia Anemone

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    I'm thinking of adding this as my first clam. I read that it is a filter feeder, and does better in well stocked tanks with a good # of fish(which mine is). I also read that they absorb ammonia given off by the fish.
    This clam seems to not only offer a beautiful addition to a tank but also seems that it will help with water quality.
    Your thoughts on placement? Sandbed would be best?
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  3. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Tradacnid clam describes several different species of clam. What particular clam are you looking at (maxima, crocea, squamosa, deresa)?
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    evojoe67 Aiptasia Anemone

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    Oh, see thats why i ask you guys. I'm clam illiterate! Obviously i would like the most colorful speciman, but other then that i'm open to suggestions.

    Crocea looks pretty nice. I'd prefer one that doesn't get too HUGH.
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    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Have a read here :)

    http://www.3reef.com/forums/clams/intro-giant-clams-37258.html

    I would not recommend you get a gigas because they get HUGE but other than that, as long as you have strong enough lighting, you should be able to keep whatever clam your heart desires...just make sure that whichever one you buy is larger than 3" or its survival rate will be dismal at best.
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    evojoe67 Aiptasia Anemone

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    Thanks so much for the info Amcarrig. I really appreciate it.
    One quick question, should i be worried about fish compatability? Oops, thought of another: with the size you recomended, about how much $ are they? Want to make sure i'm paying a fair price. Thanks again.
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    evojoe67 Aiptasia Anemone

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    Awesome read! Answered most of my questions. I've got a PinkTail Trigger so i don't think he'll be a problem. Coral beauty?
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    any dwarf angel poses a threat to nip at corals/clam mantels.
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    Yes, you should definitely avoid clam eating fish :D Some wrasses and angels are known to pick at the mantles so definitely do your research before adding any new fish once you get a clam. Check out the sponsor forums here on 3Reef and other online livestock vendors to get a general idea of how much you can expect to pay for a clam.
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    GuitarMan89 Giant Squid

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    Crocea are nice because they only get about 6", but they require the most light and very good water conditions, Maximas get a little bite bigger, dereasa and squasmo get much bigger.
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    i thought this would be a good place to throw up this question...

    how do you aclimate a giant clam? if i bought a 1.5" clam, how long would it take for me to have to move it out of my nano? and, is it worth it?
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    First of all, a clam of that size will not live very long in an aquarium so I wouldn't purchase any clam smaller than 3". As for acclimation, I would acclimate it the same way I would any other sensitive invert. Drip acclimate for an hour or more, depending on how different the water is between the two tanks.
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    okay, thanks, i don't think one would be good in a nano tank then, huh?
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    depends on the kind of lighting! but as you said it was 1.5", chances are slim
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    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    No. A clam will quickly outgrow a nano tank and will also suck calcium out of the water like crazy. Unlike fish, clams do not grow according to the amount of space they have to grow in.
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    BorntoReef Fire Worm

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    okay, thanks, do you have any ideas for something unusual to put in my tank? I'm just starting, whats a good, easy invert for me?
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    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    For a nano tank? Sexy shrimp or, if you can afford their feeding requirements, harlequin shrimp.
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    BorntoReef Fire Worm

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    what do the harlequin shrimp eat??
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    they eat chocolate chip starfish and maybe others. To me I could not possibly buy starfish just to feed the harlequin.
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    suckafish Montipora Capricornis

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    I have a coral beauty and i dont have any issues with him and my clams. [then again its different between specific fish]. I have a maximas, and I just added a Squamso last night [i havent gotten to see him with the lights on, stupied job...]
    I payed 60 for the Maxima and he was just about 3" or so, and 50 for the Squamso which is 3"+


    That expains why I lost my cresa (sp). What is the deal with clams smaller then 3"? Why is the survial rate so much less in a home aquarium?
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    BorntoReef Fire Worm

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    wow, i'm not paying for starfish either. I'll look into those sexy anemone shrimp! thanks a bunch

    /borntoreef