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Old 11-07-2003, 06:12 PM   #1
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Irecently purchased a scallop and it was sitting in front of tank were i put it. Now i have no clue were its at do they move around or just hide all of the time.
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Old 11-07-2003, 06:35 PM   #2
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Yes they do move around. They have the ability to close their shell and thus propel water out of it. When they do swim it will look like they are moving backwards...

Keep in mind that with this creature it is a filter feeder and does not get its food source from light like corals do. They require daily feeding of phytoplankton. Not an easy animal to by any means.

You may already know this, but I thought I would pass it along anyway.
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Scallops are so scary because so many LFS people and hobbyist don't realize that about them. They think they are like coral and you can sit them and just feed every once in a while. Not to say you did, boricua. It is just an unfortunate fact about scallops.

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Just an FYI - if it has moved, it moved to find a spot better to its liking, where it can receive better current, more food, etc. Many of these bivalves are killed because ppl continuously move them *back* to where they can best see them - not realizing that the scallop is relocating itself in order to survive.
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Just out of curiousity but can one raise thier food..?
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Old 11-08-2003, 07:09 PM   #6
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>>Flame scallops<< ~ Rob Toonen, Advanced Aquarist online magazine.
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>>Flame scallops<< ~ Rob Toonen, Advanced Aquarist online magazine.
Poor little bi-valves. I won't be getting one.
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I bought one a while back, before research, and it is doing great. I feed my fish "Blender Mush" and my corals Zooplex daily. It is bearly visible in the tank wedged up in some rocks, but it seems to be doing fine. Like everyone said, they will pick a place in the tank that they like. It will most likely not be where you want it and will normally not be visible.
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Hey Astride, I keep hearing about your "Blender Mush" - You may have answered this question a thousand times already, but what do you put in the blender? What kind of consistancy is it, watery or sludgy? Do you prepare a fair amount to store in the fridge, and feed a little at a time with a syringe or something?

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I thow in the blender crabs, shrimp, squid, fish, scallops, nori, Zoe (vitamins), and various fish foods and mix it all up. You don't need much of the above ingredients. 1/2 lb or less will suffice. I pour in FW to keep the consistency "mushy". You want it to kinda hold together and not be too runny.

Then I pour it into Ziplock bags, flatten it out to about 1/4" inch thick, and then freeze.

When I feed the fish, I break off small pieces and put them into the tank.
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