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Old 07-30-2008, 04:14 AM   #1
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clam care

Clams look awesome but i have no idea how to care for them.
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You need strong lighting and pristine water quality.
What size tank do you have? What kind of lighting?
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Most corals do need strong lighting. I have the squamosa clam that does good under my VHO lighting. But All of them need pristine water quality as Larry said. They are filter feeders also and some DT`s phytoplankton would be good. You can check mine out in my images.
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Old 07-30-2008, 03:34 PM   #5
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Melosu has a beautiful squamosa clam, take a look at his images. I have a derasa clam which is also very hardy. I would consider where in your tank you will place the clam and also consider what fish/inverts you currently have in your tank....certain fish have been known to nip at the clam(s) mantle.

FWIW I would stay away from the maxima clams....they seem to be more delicate than others. Also, if you decide that you want a clam...realize that the smaller clams (under 2 inches) will require food....they cannot survive on the symbiotic algae (zooxanthellae) which resides in their mantles. You'll also need to maintain your calcium at higher levels to support the growth of the clam.

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what is the easies to care for, doesnt get huge, and what fish and other creatures nip them?
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it might be easiest to ask what you currently have in your tank (livestock list) and go with that....have you looked at images of squamosas or derasa clams? They do grow rather large but it will take a while for them to outgrow your aquarium. You could try a crocea clam but they are more sensitive to water quality and have known to be more difficult to properly care for in general.
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at the moment in cycleing with LR LS and some lil hermits. but yea ill look at those pic's
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at the moment in cycleing with LR LS and some lil hermits. but yea ill look at those pic's
Well...hate to be the bearer of bad news but you should wait until your tank has been setup for at least 6 months. At least that will give you enough time to do some research and then you'll be ready for it when the time comes.

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A Close-up Look at Tridacna crocea by James Fatherree - Reefkeeping.com

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