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Old 08-14-2009, 03:51 PM   #1
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Clam losing colour?

I have had my clam since march and it has been slowly turning from blue to brown. It is now pretty much completely brown (and not a nice brown). I was just wondering if anyone knows what would cause this. The lighting is fine its MH and the calcium levels have always been good.
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I was just wondering if anyone knows what would cause this. The lighting is fine its MH and the calcium levels have always been good.
We need some hard numbers on your water test results and lighting.
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Old 08-14-2009, 04:20 PM   #3
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8 fish in 28g's (according to MT).. I'll take a bet on water conditions.. nitrates etc
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Old 08-15-2009, 04:45 PM   #4
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what are the water conditions?
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I agree with the good captain, thats quite a billing for a 28
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sorry for the late reply i have been out of town for awhile..well 7 fish now and what type of readings would you need to know? i only have the simple drop tests which all look good according to the little cards ha i will do more tests tomorrow and try to get more specific numbers and find out more about my lighting
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Nitrites, Nitrates, Ammonia, Hardness, Salinity... Those.
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From you pictures it looks like you have it on the bottom? My understanding has always been that Maxima prefers to be on the rock work, esp the Blue's that need more light than the green or browns and prefer to be higher up.

What type of MH do you have? wattage and K

Blennies have also been known to be agitators of clams

Do you spot feed, or feed at all w/ zoo & phyto plankton? Or does he just rely on filtering and photo?

Does he close up rapidly when you get near him? How's the mantle look?

What was the nitrate reading? Some nitrates are good for clams.

I still think you're close to the edge on stocking.
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Anything else Capt? lol Hey dude sorry to hear about your clam. Hope it gets better.
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Guess it depends on if you want to figure out what's going on or play the "what's your water parameters" game for $200 Alex.

But thanx for the help
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