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Old 12-22-2011, 11:15 AM   #1
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Clams for n00b

Any suggestions for reasonably priced clams that would work well for a new clam keeper? I have T5HO rolling on the tank, so not sure if that is sufficient?

Oddly, last night while googling this very topic I spotted what looked like a seafood clam (like, a steamer) - I thought I had spied it earlier in the week tucked into a rock, but last night it was laying in my sand bed with its shell open
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I'm assuming you're talking about giant clams or tridachnids. I have had good success with an ORA deresa clam I picked up from saltwaterfish.com. Now, it is under 150w metal halide and a 24" t5ho, but seems to be doing very well. Deresas aren't the brightest colored or most gaudy, but from what I've gathered seem to be one of the hardiest species. They need low nitrates and bright light, and as long as no one picks at them, they do pretty well. Saltwaterfish.com puts them on sale pretty frequently and often offers free shipping when you buy an item off a "free shipping" list and my clam was on such a list when I got it.

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Thanks guys - I'll start reading up...but basically as long as I make sure he plants himself up high in the tank, the T5 oughta be sufficient?
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I only have VHO`s and mine are on the sand. Depends on what type you get.
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I only have VHO`s and mine are on the sand. Depends on what type you get.
Which of course makes me ask, what type do you have?
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Because of the VHO lighting I have I have to have moderate light clams. I had for many years a Squamosa clam which was as big as a football



It recently died and now I have a derasa clam.

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Love that huge clam!
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I would love to get a squamosa clam, but I don't think my tank is old enough yet. I'd be too nervous
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