I think it is awesome, but the sucks comment was to further my larcenous ruse to get you to send me the clam LOL
, can you take a pic of the side of it's shell for me? Get the clam to close first, I'm still hoping to ID
it for you. The gaping is common for newly aquired clams, it is a stress response, IME
, they will stop gaping withina day or two and this usually coincides with attatching themselves to a rock via their byssal filiments. The exeption to this would be gigas, squamosas and all but the smaller (less than 4") derasas, the rely on their weight to keep them in one place. One thing to note about clams that are attatched to rocks via byssal filiments, the filiments are very strong and must be cut (razor blade works well) as close to the rock and far away from the clam as possible. If you jus pull them up, it is quite possible and likely you will rip their byssal gland out of the shell, this will almost certainly kill the clam. The kicker to that is...it usually takes a couple of days for it to die, so if the LFS
employee ripped they byssal gland out....it is likely you would never associate it's death to the manner in which it was removed from the tank.