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Old 01-30-2006, 05:19 AM   #1
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Cleaner Clams???

Would it be ok to put some cleaner clams in with my puffer? It says they lower nitrates as they feed and I want to get some more life in there anyway. Could they close in time for protection? Or can the puffer eat trough the shell? Thanks in advance.
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I'd be afraid of the puffer eating them, or the stress killing them. If they stay closed all the time for protection, then they won't do much cleaning. Do you have a sump? You could put them there.
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I would also be afraid of the puffer getting ahold of it.
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what are you calling cleaner clams?? I have little neck clams in my fuge on my fowlr and Im not 100% sure if there helping or if its the macro or xenia but my nO3 is lower then before adding them.
I picked up 6 at the super market let them sit in some tank water for a few hours to make sure they were all alive and then I tossed them in.

They bury themselves so IMO I dont think the puffer would get them unless he saw the foot sticking out of the SB. Large puffers will crush the shell but IMO the small ones won't
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Ya mine is still a baby. I dont know I was looking on saltwaterfish.com and it says cleaner clams. I am also going to add 5 hermits and 5 snails along with a wrasse. Will it hurt those?
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If it will fit in the puffer's mouth, it's in danger.
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I guess that makes sense.
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when I had a DF puffer he never touched any snails or hermits. He was about 4" and he was too small to eat them or crush the shells.

That "cleaner clam" looks just like a little neck clam too me. next time your in the supermarket take a look at them.. They are 4.99 a dozen.
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I have little neck clams in my fuge
Do these do OK in water this warm? How long have you had them?
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Sounds good. They are alive? I dont recall seeing any live clams in the store unless im a retard and they are all alive until you cook them I dunno I dont like them soooo....
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