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Old 03-25-2005, 07:39 PM   #1
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*Maxima Clam Blue Taking Care Of?*

I have a 55gal. 260Watt Power Compact, Live sand 4in DSB, Clownfish, Firefish, snails, crabs, Feather Duster, Anenome, 2 Leather Corals, Red Sun polyp, assorted polyps, Wet/Dry filter, Protein Skimmer. I have the Liquid Plankton and also frozen plankton and brine shrimp. I was wondering what can I do to keep my 8" Maxima clam stay healthy?Thanks
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Old 03-26-2005, 01:19 AM   #2
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WoW!! 8" maxima. That's huge. you got a pic? I didn't know that they can get that big.

Since your clam is huge and more dependent on needing light it would best placed as close as possible to your lights. PC doesn't have the penetrating depth as MH. They don't like too much flow. The other thing that can be done is upgrade to MH, this IMO is very important and as always having the correct water chemestry.
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I will snap a pic of it a lil later. Doesn't look like I will be upgrading the lighting. I have the PC 260watts. Adding moonlights this week. Clam is in middle on tank on bottom.
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how long have you had your clam?
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Old 03-26-2005, 06:14 PM   #5
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My Clam

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Old 03-26-2005, 08:31 PM   #6
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This species of clam is really more of a rock dweller. Try placing it on the rock work in a secure place that is big enough for it to expand. These clams really do requre pretty intense light, but it can be kept under CF lighting as well, longevity will be less. Moving it up toward the top will really help. They are filter feeders. I recommend using DT's live plankton to feed it.
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I have frozen plankton, brine shrimp, and liquid plankton. When I purchased it the store owner had it in the sand of his tank. Are you positive that it can go on a rock?? I don't want to ruin it? Thanks
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the maxima clam i bought was on a sand base and i put it on a rock in my tank to put it close to the light and it attached to it just fine.
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Since it is in the sand now will it be ok to move it? I read it should be kept close to the light since I have Power Compacts but touching/moving it can ruin some part of them. What should I do? It is in the middle of my tank nothing is blocking it 260watts straight down on it moonlights coming this week. water flow is minimal since it is on the bottom. I read about not getting food caught in it? but I am sure some food will slip in it. Someone else said not good to have stuff floating in the tank. I have a protein skimmer it is very clean, but when I clean the sponges on the filters some things tend to float.
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I am searching for a spot and I see a spot on a rock that is past the filter, skimmer, so there should def be more light, little water flow,
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