Which clam likes sand?

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  1. bluetang08

    bluetang08 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    Of the three main species, maxima, derasa, and crocea which will do best on the sandbed? Also I have a coarse not a fine sand does this matter?
     
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  3. mattheuw1

    mattheuw1 Montipora Capricornis

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    crocea, but they demand the most light.

    Edit....read question wrong.....Amcarrig is right....Deresa, squamosa, gigas and hippopus
     
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  4. bluetang08

    bluetang08 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    Thanks for the quick response. I just upgraded to MH they sit about 10" above the water surface and I think from the SB to the surface is like 20" so is that enough light? Also would a clam be irritated by an aggressive coral such as my hammer or bubble?
     
  5. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Crocea's are rock boring clams so unless you put something solid underneath them, they won't do well on sand. Deresa, squamosa, gigas and hippopus do better on sand.

    Corals can sting clams so place it as far away as possible from anything that has long sweepers.
     
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  6. bluetang08

    bluetang08 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    And the grade of sand is not too crucial?
     
  7. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't think it will matter but to tell you the truth, that question has never been addressed as far as I know so I'm not really sure! I'm guessing that it will be fine.
     
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  9. Daniel072

    Daniel072 Giant Squid

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    I agree with amcarrig, crocea and maxima clams are actually found buried into rock in the wild...not on the sand and they don't do well there.
     
  10. Gexx

    Gexx Giant Squid

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    i have my maxima on a rock at the highest point in my tank. my dersa is on the bottom in a corner away from the flow.
     
  11. stylaster

    stylaster Gigas Clam

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    spot on, also the maxima clams are rock boring clams too

    roy
     
  12. horkn

    horkn Giant Squid

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    yep, Matthew is right.

    The ones that like to be on rocks are maxima and crocea. The rest like lower light and sand.

    Now many clams will deal with sand, my crocea is happy as a, uh a clam on the sand, and so is the maxima I have on the sand.