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Old 10-12-2003, 10:23 PM   #1
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anyone have a dedicated clam tank?

I've been thinking of using my old 40 gallon tank and making it a clam tank. I have a 400 watt ballast that I would use to light the tank and a aquac remora skimmer for filtration. My question is though, I dont want to buy a bunch of live rock for the tank, so is there a good filter that would be a good substitute for LR for biological filtration. And if anyone has any expierience with clam-only tanks, I would be appreciative any advice.
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Old 10-12-2003, 10:35 PM   #2
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Simply use a DSB and have a very light fish load. The clams themselves will metabolize some of the ammonia, using it as a food source, and the DSB should be able to handle the rest. For my taste...I would add a couple or three large to medium pieces of LR to place some of the clams on so they all aren't sitting in the sand, kinda give it some perspective.
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another question...i'm pretty sure that clams take in alot of calcium...so what do you think would be the best way to add calcium to the tank without spending a fortune(im on a tight budget)
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Either Kalkwasser...or one of the two part additives like B-Ionic.
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heres my last question......i've seen alot of sands on the market and really dont know which one is best...what would you reccomend?
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If you can find it, go with Southdown Tropical Playsand, it is also marketed under the name Old Castle. Look at Home Depot.
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i've already been on that adventure......
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For reference you might also want to pickup the book "Giant Clams". I read it and found it a wonderful reference for these wonderful creatures.
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