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Old 11-02-2013, 06:46 PM   #1
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Why is my clam like this?

Bought a huge clam a few days ago and it's not as open as it was before.

Is it okay to move it 4" up to a rock for more light?

New to keeping clams so any advice would be great. My parameters are ideal so I'm guessing it needs higher lighting or a place to attach?
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Old 11-02-2013, 06:51 PM   #2
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What type of light do you have? Usually if they need more light they would be extending their mantle out further. Something else seems to be the issue or it is still just acclimating.
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:02 PM   #3
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What type of light do you have? Usually if they need more light they would be extending their mantle out further. Something else seems to be the issue or it is still just acclimating.
Oh that would make sense. 6 60" T5s. I'll recheck my parameters. I have a smaller maxima clam and another species clam that are doing well so I'm confused why this one isn't doing so great.
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Old 11-03-2013, 02:56 PM   #4
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Moved it up but it's still not looking happy. Could damage to the foot be a cause?
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Old 11-03-2013, 03:51 PM   #5
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Moving it around will stress it out too. Did you acclimate it to the tank? Did you burp him? This might help...
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:10 PM   #6
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Moving it around will stress it out too. Did you acclimate it to the tank? Did you burp him? This might help... Giant clam ID, feeding and nutrition, and Pyramidellid snail removal
I did acclimate him to the tank for 1.5 hours. I "burped" it..so I thought. Maybe I didn't do it correctly. It seems to be a bit more open today. Thanks for the link.
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It just might be that it was stressed from the new tank. Keep us updated.
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It didn't it :/ must have been the move or something with water quality. Bummer thanks for the help though.
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If you try again, spend time observing the clam so you can make a good choice. It might have been sick when you got it. See if they'll let you put money down on him to hold him there for a week and use the guide I linked you before to evaluate for sickness.
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