What do I need for Clams?

Discussion in 'Clams' started by bl**dydrivers, Jun 17, 2009.

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  1. madlarkin

    madlarkin Peppermint Shrimp

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    For a starter, I would go out on a limb and say a Squamossa. They tend to be fairly light forgiving, heartier then dersa's with less problems relating to sediment buildup.

    They also come in some really pretty colors/patterns if you look.
     
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  3. Daniel072

    Daniel072 Giant Squid

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    watt's/gallon means nothing anymore. One of my best friends has about 2 watts per gallon on his very successful 300 gallon sps tank. He keeps everything in that tank from top to bottom but he has metal halide with lumenarc reflectors. 2 watts of pc compared to that is a joke and probably wouldn't sustain anything other than non photosynthetic critters.
     
  4. madlarkin

    madlarkin Peppermint Shrimp

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    ^^
    good call, I did just realize the OP never stated what kinda lighting he was running.
     
  5. rayjay

    rayjay Gigas Clam

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    I would not recommend a squamossa for a 55g tank.
    I bought a 3" squamosa that is now 12" shell length and 16" with mantel extended and it's only under 6 fourty watt NO's.
    I'm trying to find a buyer as it's too big for the 65g tank it's in and I have no room in my larger tanks for it.

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    I also have a purple crocea under those NO's but the gold trace lines througout don't show like they would under better lighting.
     
  6. madlarkin

    madlarkin Peppermint Shrimp

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    Unfortunately, even Maxima's get close to that size. The only clam that will stay reasonably small is going to be a Crocea and they are definitely one of the more demanding clams. Ive got a total of 3 maximas and 2 squamossa in my tank right now, but I also know that they are getting moved to a much larger home in the future. If you don't plan on upgrading or dedicating the space, selling it is going to have to be an option.