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Old 10-13-2007, 05:23 PM   #1
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Just wondering how quickly the T. maxima and T. crocea clams grow?

I have a 10G nano and would love one (with adequate lighting, of course), but of course space is limited, so if I purchase a small one (2-3") I wouldn't exactly want it to get all that much bigger in a year or two.

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I think several inches a year would be about average. None are slow growers IMO/IME, but the bigger species, ie Derasa, Gigas, grow fastest. I think you'll be looking for a new home for a Crocea or Maxima in a year and a half- two years w/ a 10 gal.
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Small (< 2.5" - 3") clams need supplemental feedings. Adding phyto to a nano could cause water problems quickly.

I got a small T. crocea (about 2") last year and it's grown somewhat though not doubled in size. It's probably about 3" now and no longer requires supplemental feedings. I just added a 2nd clam (about 3") on the other side of the tank.
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Or if you dont have the lighting for those higher light clams why not go with the squamosa clam. How much lighting do you have? I have a little over 5 wpg and here is my clam.
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Old 10-15-2007, 08:40 PM   #5
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Small (< 2.5" - 3") clams need supplemental feedings. Adding phyto to a nano could cause water problems quickly.
This is a VERY good point. I would look for a clam in the 4inch range so you can avoid too many phyto feedings. SO will still be in order, but no near to the extent of a smaller animal.
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Thanks for the help! I'm going to add a few soft corals in a few months, and I was intending feeding a bit of DT's live phytoplankton every 3 days.

Would you recommend against this in the 10G then?

I love the blue ones, they're amazing. They open and close too, don't they?

How much lighting would I need for one?
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If you can maintain water parameters then feeding DT's is fine. Do you have a skimmer on the nano? Are you prepared to do a PWC after each feeding?

My two clams do open and close every time a fish gets too close or I get my hand too close to it, like when I am righting it after a snail knocks it on it's side.
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I don't have a skimmer, and I do a 25% PWC every 2 weeks. Anything more would be unmanageable for me.

Maybe the softies I'm looking at (leather/xenia/polyps etc.) don't even need DT's?
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