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Old 11-28-2006, 09:52 AM   #11
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But sorry to tell you that flame scallop probably won't last IMO. Neat critter though.
I agree with this. I have wanted one but have heard they don't last too long. Hopefully you can keep it alive.
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Flame Scallops are amazing and my lfs always has them in stock for $10 or less. I haven't seen one dead yet but all their reef tanks are very mature.

In a new tank I'm afraid it's just a matter of time before you loose it
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I just placed an order in for an electric flame scallop from my lfs. I've had my tank up and running for about 8 months now and the water parameters are very pretty much stable. Should I go for it or wait a little longer? The only reason why I ask is that I was told that they have short life spans and are hard to keep at times...
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Flames do have a very poor survival rate in captivity. They re very heavy filter feeders and often require a lot of phytoplankton to survive. The down side is that feeding that much can cause water parameters to decline. The best thing to do is to take a 2 liter or 20oz. (depending on size of the flame) pop bottle bisect it about a third of the way down from the top. You will end up with a "funnel" of sorts. Place the large open end over the scallop and use a syringe to squirt filter feeding food into the drinking hole of the bottle. This will allow the water around the scallop to be contained and saturated with food. I am a fan of DT's live plankton. www.dtsplankton.com
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