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Old 06-29-2006, 01:37 PM   #11
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I really have to warn you about it, these animals require ALOT of filter food when they are small. You will have to feed alot and may not be able to maintain your system with the amount you will need to feed them. It is best to get better lights and a bigger clam. rather then kill one of these beautiful animals.
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Old 06-29-2006, 02:33 PM   #12
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ya i agree. I'm not even for sure i'm gonna get one...just thinkin/researchin about em'. Are any of the bigger ones ok under the pcs?
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Old 06-29-2006, 02:46 PM   #13
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ok thanks! i'll def. try to get a smallish one.
Actually, I recommend getting one that is 3-4 inches instead so you can avoid having to target feed it. A crocea may be okay under your lighting because they are rock dwelling species. Place it higher up on the rockwork on a flat area that will allow it to expand fully. Other species like the deresa or squimosa are considered "lower-light" clams, but this comes with a catch...They prefer to be placed on the substrate and as such, require more intense lighting from the top of the tank so it will penetrate all the way to the bottom.
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oh sorry! by small, thats the size i meant...the big ones i see are like, a foot long abouts...they're huge. and then they have the ones that are 3-6 inches, which i was refering to as small...compared to their others.
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Thats about the size of crocea that I have in my tank. (5") Its doing really well. I have heard that they are supposed to have MH's but I've heard that they will do just fine under PC's. Maybe not as well as it could under MH's but its still doing really good IMO. I've heard that you can't have a maxima without MH's from multiple people but I like the croceas a lot better anyway! Like Lando said though keep your clam up towards the top if you get a crocea. You shouldnt have any problems then. Good Luck!
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Old 06-30-2006, 12:58 PM   #16
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ntswift ... any possibility of getting a shot of that clam, I have been considering one for my 29 with 130watt PC setup but I don't like the idea of anything not living to it's full potential in my tank. Not saying your's isn't but I've just read that really the only clams that can handle the PC setup is the Derosa (sp?)
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Old 06-30-2006, 01:06 PM   #17
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sure here you go. I can't really get a new shot of it because I have way too much coraline on my glass. :oops: However I am moving over to a 50 gal where the clam with be up toward the top to help it achieve its potential! :)
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OK cool .... looks pretty good. I might go check one out this weekend! Thanks
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No problem! Just make sure to stay away from the maximas because they do require more lighting.
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ok thanks! i'll def. try to get a smallish one.
Actually, I recommend getting one that is 3-4 inches instead so you can avoid having to target feed it. A crocea may be okay under your lighting because they are rock dwelling species. Place it higher up on the rockwork on a flat area that will allow it to expand fully. Other species like the deresa or squimosa are considered "lower-light" clams, but this comes with a catch...They prefer to be placed on the substrate and as such, require more intense lighting from the top of the tank so it will penetrate all the way to the bottom.
Ditto 100% what Lando said. I kept my crocea in the top 4 inches of the tank under PC and he did fine, for 2 years, until my cleaner shrimp ate it. They prefer to put their foot down on rock, so this is perfect for a PC tank. Crocea don't get too big either, I think they max out 6-8 inches, but I could be wrong. I know the bottom dwelling ones can get 12" or more, and are generally much larger clams. Don't underestamate the tastieness of these things to cleaner shrimp. Everything loves to eat a clam, even things you would normally think of as "reef safe". Choose tank mates carefully.
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