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Old 08-21-2006, 02:44 PM   #1
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Special Requirements for Gigas Clam?

I just purchased a 3 inch Gigas Clam for my tank.

My water is perfect no2-0, no3-o, NH3/4-0.......I keep it at 78 because I was told clams like a little cooler water. He is under 9.6 watts per gal of CF lighting, which is what type of lighting he was under at the LFS.

How often should I feed, and what should I feed?
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Old 08-21-2006, 04:12 PM   #2
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I've read they need high light, medium to high flow, and phyto/zooplankton several times weekly.
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I feed mine phytoplankton about 2-3 times a week. They like the sand. As far as flow goes, you will know when they arent happy. They wont open up all the way. They can move on their own to a certain extent. If you have a pretty open bottom they will find where they want to be.
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He is opening up nicely.....

Any particular brands or types of phytoplankton? I want to use the best.
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Old 08-22-2006, 12:02 AM   #5
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Clams under 3 inches benefit from regular feedings of phhytoplankton. DTs is a good one. Over three inches and they become much more light-dependant. Gigas tend to be substrate dwellers so stronger lighting is a must. Since they reside on the substrate they will need a more intense light to allow usable light to reach them. Depending on depth of your tank, CF may not be enough to house this animal long term.
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Depending on depth of your tank, CF may not be enough to house this animal long term.
My tank is only 12 inches deep, it is a 10 gal.

IMHO lighting is more personal opinion as to which works and which doesnt, as long as it is intense enough. I keep SPS frags in my tank as well and they have not lost any color, but have grown a little.
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My tank is only 12 inches deep, it is a 10 gal
I would think you would be fine in 10gal. Just know that t. gigas is the largest species of Tridacna clams. My LFS currently has one that is over 18in long.
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IMHO lighting is more personal opinion as to which works and which doesnt, as long as it is intense enough.
You are very much correct about intensity. However, requirements are well documented and go much farther then opinion.
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I plan to move him to a 120 gal tank that is in future plans.

How fast do they grow?
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How fast do they grow?
I'd only guess they grow as quickly as abundances of calcium are available.
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I keep my tank dosed...my ca is like 420.
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