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Old 09-27-2013, 01:41 AM   #1
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Ugh RIP clam

So I just got a clam from my lfs and I knew I shouldn't have gotten it. It looked good In the store but the other two they got in both died pretty quick and he was the last one left so I picked him up. It was a 3 " deresa clam and I've had him for a little over a week. The past couple of days he wasn't opening fully but his mantle still came out. Tonight though I got home and checked on him lights out and he was open but mantle was receded and all my inverts were on him. I'm sure they are cleaning him out since he is dying. This stinks I knew I should of waited to get him but I figure he stood a better chance in my tank then theirs.
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:53 AM   #2
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That sucks Is he still covered under their policy?
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No but luckily I work there lol. So my boss is gonna get me a healthier one for free
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I would investigate a bit more to see why it died... How are your water parameters and what type of light do you use?
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I have a kessil a150w 14k over a 20 high. Ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate <5, phosphate 0, calcium 440, mag 1480, and alkalinity is 9 dKh. It was barely reacting to my hand movement over it when I got it and that raised a red flag but I figured I'd try and save it since I got it for cheaper anyway.
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I have a kessil a150w 14k over a 20 high. Ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate <5, phosphate 0, calcium 440, mag 1480, and alkalinity is 9 dKh. It was barely reacting to my hand movement over it when I got it and that raised a red flag but I figured I'd try and save it since I got it for cheaper anyway.
Gotcha... Definitely a bummer good luck with the next one.
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Thanks definitely will make sure I have a healthy specimen from the start.
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Thanks definitely will make sure I have a healthy specimen from the start.
That always helps lol
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Bigger the clam the easier it is to care for. Try to stick with a derasa, they are simple to care for. Stay away from maxima until you have more experience.
That was the mistake I made, on top of it being a gold mantle and about an inch and a half long it didn't make it.
I tried again with a big derasa that is flourishing. Months later I'm trying a small maxima now that I'm comfortable in my clam care. Not a light colored mantle, but a black mantled one.
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I have seen no difference at all keeping small clams as opposed to large. Clams don't get the flu or cancer or anything like that. They get pinched mantle, and parasites. That's all I have ever seen. If it didn't have pinched mantle, then look to parasites. The color of the mantle doesn't make any difference either.
Did you notice any mucous-looking stuff on or around the clam? There is a fairly common predator worm that preys on sessile and slow moving inverts like clams and slow snails.
It spews a mucous to smother the snail or clam and then eats it. It can even burrow a hole right through the shell.
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