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Old 02-02-2009, 03:35 PM   #1
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Clams in a Tank

I have noticed that a lot of people have a variant of Clam in their reef's......... are they a benefit? Do they have any 'special' requirements? Are there a species of fish/coral/invert they can not be mixed with.

Sorry for the questions but thinking of getting one but don't wish to cause harm or unbalance my current/future livestock.
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Depends on the clam. Cleaner clams can be under less intense lights. lol, they usually just dig down under the sand anyway. But Tridacnids need good lighting. Usually MH or HQI. Their benifit...they filter feed, so they help that way, but other thean that...they're just beautiful
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Old 02-02-2009, 04:28 PM   #3
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Gotta determine if your lighting will support clam life - and what kind of clams. Some need more light than others.
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Old 02-02-2009, 04:36 PM   #4
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I am currently running 3 x 150 Watt MH, 54 W T5 blue tubes for dusk/dawn transfer. MH are producing 10,000 Kelvin each. I am looking for something that looks nice, not one that will disappear under sand.............. so going by what has been said i could go with any as inverts leave them alone?
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I don't know of any clams that bury themselves - then again I'm not a clam expert.

I think you can handle any clam you want with that light. How old is the tank BTW? Best to have it pretty stable IMO.
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Please excuse my ignorance .........BTW?
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Tank 12 months old, all but 1 or 2 fish (Blonde Naso & Flame Angel) are in and starting to look at corals. Parameters are all spot on and to my knowledge stable. I have pics posted of the system, many thanks for the advice.
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Deresa clam OK under moderate lighting. Crocea is my favorite. Doing fine under my 3x150s.

Also, I wouldn't worry about the naso and the coral. Now that angel...... never know. I wouldn't trust any angel in my reef. I''m chicken like that.
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