Clam as a host

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  1. jacoc

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    I got this clam from Pet masters this weekend...yesterday I saw a strange little what looks like a tadpole about (1,5cm long)coming from the clams mouth...this morning I saw it again and when I wanted to suck it up it went in to the larger opening at the other end of the clam...It is transparent to white in colour with two eyes that looks like pces of glitter...I will try and take a pick when I see it again...my other question is ...Shouldn't the clam eat whatever enters its mouth...?

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  3. jaquesdp08

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    The clam is a filter feeder so it doesnt really have a mouth..
     
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    Brave man!........

    Very colourful clam you got there.
     
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    Looks like a crocea. Hope u got plenty light for that guy, with him being low down in the tank
     
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    cling goby perhaps?
     
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    Sounds like you've scored a free pearlfish
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  8. jacoc

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    defnatly has one...
     
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    @richardmatlock...thank you...interisting fish if thats what it is...still small though cant realy see but now i know what to look for ...thanx
     
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    500mm from the lights...will see over the next few days and maybe place higher-up.
     
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    there is no colour to it...will look out and try and get a close pic..
     
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    I know there is a shrimp that lives in clams,also not much colour just the eyes are easy to see,it lives in the clam,is it not that?
     
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    Falcon i dont know...its quick..thats all i know and the eyes looks like its inside the head ...similar to a toadstool...will this shrimp have legs aswell?
     
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    I want to move the clam up ...should it be on a flat rock or in a recess area...? How long does it normally take to attach itself to the rock?
     
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    It is a filter feeder, so it looks like a mouth is what he ment ;)
     
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    Correct - the two openings are actually called siphons, with one sucking water into the clam, and the other pumping the water out - making a clam basically a filtering pump...

    In my experience it would be best to place it on a flattish area, but supported upright on the sides until it has attached to the rock. It is important to not wedge it tightly into an opening/crevice, as that will prevent the clam from fully opening/expanding.

    If it's healthy and it's byssal gland has not been damaged, it can attach quite rapidly - within a week it should be firmly attached. Unfortunately, many clams have damaged byssal glands, and they can take quite long to attach, if they survive.

    Just a word of warning from personal experience- placing a clam on a sand bed can be pretty risky, especially if it's byssal gland and/or foot has been injured, as scavengers such as bristle worms and parasites such as pyramidellid snails will likely attack the injured areas, and can easily kill your clam.

    Good luck - you have a beautiful specimen there...

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    Thank you Hennie...I notice that on the back left side the last fold of the body does not overlap the shell...i can see it on the inside...looks almost like when you would heat plastic and it shrivel a bit..not mutch and then in the center of the fold also in the back its whiteish colour...I will take a pick tomorow and post it as the clam onlly fully opend today and the camera was flat...

    i saw the fish or whatever it is inside the big opening can't see what it was doin but it looked active in there...
     
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    @jaquesdp08...sorry... thank you i stand corected...its siphons...
     
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    no problem jacoc
     
  20. Falcon

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    Yes should have legs that are hard to see,unless he's a crippled:whistling:

    I know they are quite hard to spot and don't come out of the clam.
     
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    still cant get a pic of the bugger...haven't seen it since the 2nd day...
     
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