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Old 06-17-2010, 08:21 PM   #1
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Im looking at getting a nice looking clam preferably blue and i have a coral tank and all coral is fine, but i was wondering if there is anything special i need to worry about with clams. thanks
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If they are real small (<2-3 in.) they will probably need supplemental feeding. A variety of filter feeding foods will do best. Be real sure nothing in your tank will nip at a clam either. Clam mantels seem to be a delectable treat for a lot of fish and inverts.
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i think that is more an "old wives tale" than fact. i've kept many small clams and have seen increases in growth before i sold them. what corals have you kept successfully austin?
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I`ve done squamosa and derasa but it looks like you have higher lighting than me so you could probably do the high light clams with the MH`s.
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Croceas and Maximas are the ones you typically see with the really bright and intricate blue colorings. Croceas are the smaller of the two, and requires more light. But I don't think you'll have an issue with a 250w MH.
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Yes lighting in my tank is very sufficant im reminded of it everother day when i have to clean off the alge that has regrown. and i am Horrible with names of coral i have to look them up i have a large piece of Xenia that has even expanded, galaxea coral, some kind of leather, and two others that i cant remember or find. and i like the big ones so i think i would be going with a Maxima.

So to sum up My lighting is fine, and i may need to supplment its diet with filter food, and watch for agressive fish.
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I thought maxima clams were largely photosynthetic and didn't need food?
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They are filter feeders as well, they benefit from the little extra food that they get along with the light.

They are great for processing nitrates too.
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