Wanting a clam...

Discussion in 'Clams' started by chrisnif, Jun 9, 2010.

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  1. evolved

    evolved Wrasse Freak

    Feb 26, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    The concern about needing the reactor steams from the fact it's only a 20 gal tank. The clam could use up quite a bit of the calcium in short order. If you closely watch things for a while you'll find the dosing balance though.

    A clam in a 20gal is quite different from a calm in a large system (say 100+ gal), where regular water changes may be sufficient to replace the lost elements.
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  3. chrisnif

    chrisnif Flamingo Tongue

    Dec 23, 2009
    I got ya. I'm probably going to be adding a sump, and I think I'm going to follow one of my local reefer friend's plan. He has a 75 gallon and he changes 1 gallon every single day without fail, and then changes 10 gallons once a month. I think with my 20 gallon I could do a quart a day (mainly keeping the minerals up, and pulling some nutrients out) and then do 2-3 gallons occasionally. The reason he does the gallon per day is its super simple. He has a valve on the return line and when its turned he can divert some water to a separate hose, to a jug, and then down the drain, but with only losing a gallon he doesn't have issues with having to turn off the return pump or anything. as he says "its like doing an oil change" :)