Wanting a Clam

Discussion in 'Clams' started by Travis45, Mar 8, 2009.

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  1. Travis45

    Travis45 Scooter Blennie

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    I'm very intrested in a clam. My tank is a 90 gallon bowfront and is at the middle stage of being reefed out to say. My lighting is the Current 6x54 watt, 48 inch HOs. My girlfriend is a little worried though because I have read a few places where the clams have clamped down on a fish and it usually will end the fish's life. She said if I get a clam and it does that to one of her favorite fish, IM DONE!!! So I was wondering if that happens normally? Also my tank is pretty tall, so I was thinking I would have to put the clam in the LR. So is there a particular clam that would work in my tank?

    Travis
     
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  3. inwall75

    inwall75 Giant Squid

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    Crocea live in the live rock in the wild and will do just fine.

    They will occassionally clamp down on a fish but it's usually a sitting type fish. Lawnmower blenny, clown goby, hawkfish, etc.

    I had a T. gigas that was the size of a volleyball clamp down on my hand. That felt good.....NOT. I had to stand there with my arm in the water for a good half hour until he let go.
     
  4. PackLeader

    PackLeader Giant Squid

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    I have never heard of a clam clamping down on and killing a fish.
    Buy HO's I am assuming you mean T5 HO's? You might be able to get away with a some of the lower light clams like squamosa or derasa, but IMHO you dont have enough lighting for a clam.
     
  5. Travis45

    Travis45 Scooter Blennie

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    Yeah they are T5s. Yeah I know im on the lower end of lighting requirements. I guess it would be a gamble but I'm not a gambling man. I should probably stay away from them then. Thats why I thought maybe higher up in the LR.
     
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    PackLeader Giant Squid

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    You could try something higher up. Maybe with one of the lower light clams. Hopefully someone with more experience will chime in, my clam experience is limited, I haven't had mine for all that long. But just looking at it you have about half the lighting I do, and I am considered at the bottom end of clam lighting.
     
  7. Travis45

    Travis45 Scooter Blennie

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    Yeah I thought my new light would be enough. Six 54 watt T5s sounds like a lot but I guess it really isnt, so sad :cry:. I cant do metal halides in my room, with my flat screen T.V. putting off heat and a chiller running due to MHs, Id probably die of heat stroke.
     
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  9. ollie51

    ollie51 Feather Duster

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    do yourself a favor dont get a clam t5 in a 90 not a good combo i really think w/ clams you need mh just my opinion sure others might disagree but i had little luck long term anyway with pc or t5
     
  10. bmshehan

    bmshehan Fu Manchu Lion Fish

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    There is some good reading on anything clam related right here on 3reef: Clams - 3reef Forums Check out the stickys at the very top. Amcarrig has a wonderful article included there!
     
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    Travis45 Scooter Blennie

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    That is a wonderful article. Im still swaying, I have a few friends that have successfully kept them under T5s, but like I said before my tank is really tall.
     
  12. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    :lol: Good thing you weren't SCUBA diving when that happened aye?