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Old 03-19-2004, 10:06 PM   #11
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I am at a lost. I have inspected every square millimeter of the clam. I see nothing out of the ordinary. What the hell is wrong with him. I have never seen him like this. AHHHHH Any help would be wonderful. Well i guess i will just have to hope and pray that there is nothing really wrong with him. Just mad. Reefrunner if you see this please respond.
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Old 03-20-2004, 07:00 AM   #12
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Were is ReefRunner when you need him. Well i hope maybe he is just mad about something and not something seriuousy wrong with him
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I'm sure that NO3 should not be a problem for clams, clams are different from other inverts, they need NO3.
This is not true, many believe this, but clams have no use for NO3, many think they do cause when you put a bunch of clams in a system they will drop the NO3 levels consideribly, but it is an effect, not the cause. Clams will filter and utilize ammonia, thereby removing the first step in the nitrification process, and less ammonia mineralized means few nitrates, but the clams didn't eat the nitrates

If the clam is open, but not extending it's mantle, there is something seriously wrong with it, I really wish I could tell you what it is, but I can't. A pic would help, I won't get back to this until this afternoon, in the meantime, if I were you, I might go to www.clamsdirect.com and go to their forums and ask. Barry is VERY knowledgable about clams and I'm sure can provide some information. post a pic and we'll see what we can do this afternoon. Have you moved the clam recently?
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no i have not moved the clam recently. The clam is open about a hlf inch and no mantle out. If that helps i will try to get a pic now.
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here are some pictures of the clam
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Old 03-20-2004, 12:17 PM   #15
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um well hold on
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Old 03-20-2004, 12:19 PM   #16
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Old 03-20-2004, 05:03 PM   #17
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Well by the looks of the picture it looks like the clam isnt Dying.. How much light do you have.. I would try and move him up a bit onto the Rocks.. Its a possibility there isnt enough light on the sand bed... Croceas are one of the most light demanding clams out there... Also whats your Salinity.. Daniel Knop states that clams thrive best in 33-35ppt... Also what kind of flow is around near the clam.. Since it is a Crocea they can take a bit more flow however too much will eventually kill the clam.. FWIW when a clam dies it will start pulling in his mantle showing more of the insides of his shell... I would check for Pyrim snails near the top half of the shell...

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I have a 250w coral vue 12k bulb. On a 65 gallon tank. Don't you think that he would have already done this since he has been in there for 3 months? I mean he has always been under halides. I hae read everything and i can't figure it out. HELP
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1 250w on a 65 gal tank.. Thats a good amount of light however if its a standard 4' tank I would try and move him directly under the bulb... He looks to me as though he is not getting enough light... Has anything else changed in the area?? Or did you change salt mixes.. I would also maybe try and pull him out and place him in a small thing of water and turn the water green with some DTs and leave him in there until the water is clear again.. Something is bothering that clam.. It has to be something small because if a Crocea was going to die it will die quick.. Overnight or as short as a few hours.. IMO it doesnt look like he is getting enough light..

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It is a 3 foot tank not a 4 foot tank. So put him in a bucket with tank water and turn the water green with dt's and keep him in ther untill it is clear?
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