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Old 02-01-2006, 10:55 AM   #11
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Clams arn't fit to eat if they're not alive before you cook them. The ice keeps them in a mellow state, but a live clam will open it's shell as it's being cooked.
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I have 6 in my fuge, had them about 6 months now. I hardly ever see them, what I do see is them blowing silt out of there foot/feeding tube which stick up through the sand. I dug one up this weekend and he quickly reburied himself. Do they help??
Little neck clams are found in waters all over the place, Here in NY the survive in freezing cold water in the winter and very warm water in the summer. In the shallow bays the water temp gets very warm. Same type of clam grows in Florida and all up and down the coast. So temp is not a issue with these guys IMO.
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Seaham, I have no fuge. (Correction, I have a small hang-on-back with no sand) Would these supermarket clams be a problem in the main tanK? Do they really help in reducing nitrates?
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I have no idea if they help reduce nitrate, all I know is they look just like the clams that SWF are selling as nitrate reducing clams. They are filter feeders and I have not researched what the can do for a tank. Have they hurt the tank, No.
Are they they the silver bullet for nitrate reduction, IMO No.
I am going to toss some in my fowlr main tank soon and I will try and monitor the nitrates better to see if adding more makes a difference.
If you do try them I would let them sit in some tank water in a bowl for at least 30 min to let them open up and get used to the water before dumping them in. It worked for me..
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I bought some that I was going to use in my blender mush. I dropped a couple in the tank (6" dsb) and when I looked a while later they had buried themselves. This was the second time I tried that. One died and came to the surface and opened first. He made a tasty morsel for the the shrimp and snails. They are a lot cheaper that buying "cleaner clams" from an online store.
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Sounds good. Thanks alot guys.
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i had a couple clams before in my old saltwater tank they where hitchhikers stuck to lr
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