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Old 03-25-2006, 11:53 AM   #1
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Gravel like Spot on Scallop

Hopefully I am posting in the wrong forum.... I've noticed a small spot that looks kind of like a piece of gravel on the front inside of my flaming scallop. Is this normal or is this a bad sign?
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Old 03-25-2006, 01:42 PM   #2
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If a large piece of debris, the scallop will eventually get rid of it. It really depnds on how it's lodged and how "weighty" it is. It will close it's shell rapidly in an attempt to force it out. It is definately and irritant to be sure but there is little you can do about it.

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Thanks Steve-s! I am finding a very difficult time finding care info on this beautiful creature. The interesting thing is that the gravel like stuff is building up then I find it on the sand in front of him. Is this a way of expelling waste? After getting the scallop I found that they don't survive well in captivity and I am trying to find everything I can about him.
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Old 03-25-2006, 09:26 PM   #4
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Yes, they use the force of water flow exiting the front to rid itself of debris. It's also a means of locomotion.

As far as articles are concerned, this one should help you a good deal...
http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issu...002/toonen.htm

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Thanks Steve - that was just what I was looking for, very informative. It really is a shame when the lfs will sell you something that has such a dismal life in captivity and not tell you. :-( I think I will be looking for a new store.
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