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Old 06-28-2013, 05:16 PM   #1
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Thinking about getting a clam.

I was wondering what they need and what I should look for when buying one.
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:10 PM   #2
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Clams are like sps. High lighting and pristine water.
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:35 PM   #3
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A squamosa clams is what you need to begin with...Squamosa Clams are relatively hardy and less demanding than most other Tridacna species, and require moderate to intense lighting and good water flow in the home aquarium. Proper water chemistry is very important, and they will thrive when calcium levels of 380- 450 mg/L, alkalinity level of 8-11 dKH, and magnesium level of 1280-1350 ppm are maintained. What type of lighting do you have and what size tank do you have.....here is a pic... of mine...
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Good call on starter clam. If you can get a larger one it will be more likely to succeed. That might be an urban myth, but all my smaller ones died while large one is doing well.
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:25 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help when I am buying one what should i look for when I am buying one.
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:27 PM   #6
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A squamosa clams is what you need to begin with...Squamosa Clams are relatively hardy and less demanding than most other Tridacna species, and require moderate to intense lighting and good water flow in the home aquarium. Proper water chemistry is very important, and they will thrive when calcium levels of 380- 450 mg/L, alkalinity level of 8-11 dKH, and magnesium level of 1280-1350 ppm are maintained. What type of lighting do you have and what size tank do you have.....here is a pic... of mine...
I have eBay LEDs and a 55 g tank
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:36 PM   #7
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About 3" long, opened with mantle extend over shell and check the foot make sure it's there and not a hole were it should be. Happy clam! Check out some pics online of healthy ones so when you go you will recognize one.
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I have eBay LEDs and a 55 g tank
a 55 gal tank at approx. 20 inches deep with 2 -120 watt led units will work...im guessing you have 2 120 watt units. Are yours dimmable? Mine has 90 degree optics and are mounted 6 inches above the tank...does yours have optics...
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To me the squamosa was the easiest one and they don't need high intensity lighting. Here is what mine looked like.

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Buy over 3" unless you maintain a filter feeder regime. Over 3" they can usually exist on their algae primarily. Some folks have amazing luck with clams. I can grow about anything but clams have always been difficult for me.
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