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Hey guys,i got myself a Squamosa today and been doing some reading on clams to expand my knowledge on them.so came across a few articles.Thought i might share it with you guys,so we can all learn :)

Tridacna Clams

Aquarium Care: The mantle of tridacnid clams contain zooxanthellae so they require strong light sources. The clams with blue mantles (crocea, gigas) require more light than those with brown mantles. This is because they occur in shallower water and the blue color of the mantle acts as a light filter. Those with brown mantles are also generally easier to keep. It has also been found that smaller clams require less light than larger ones.
Clams also require calcium (at least 280 mg/l but preferably up to 480 mg/l), strontium, and iodine for enhanced growth and color.
Some fish, namely wrasses, should be watched when put into a tank containing tridacna clams. The Twin Spot Wrasse (Coris aygula) and the Bird Wrasse (Gomphosus varius) have been known to attack and eat clams. Other predators include large crabs, some shrimp (Marble shrimp; Saron marmoratus, Buffalo shrimp; Saron sp., rarely the Cleaner shrimp, Lysmata amboinensis), and parasitic snails that are usually present on the clam when you buy it.​
 
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  • Care Level: moderate -
Tridacna squamosa is a relatively hardy member of the Tridacnidae family.
  • Lighting Requirements: moderate to high -
Although it requires a significant level of light to survive, it is not nearly as dependent on photosynthesis as other Tridacnids such as Tridacna crocea or Tridacna maxima and should be fed phytoplankton to complete its diet.
  • Compatibility: reef safe -
Tridacna squamosa is a peaceful resident and will not harm other tank inhabitants. Despite its ability to shut completely, it should not be kept near any stinging celled creatures (anemones or corals) and MUST be kept out of reach of the sweeper tentacles. It should be kept as a soft coral in that it should not be kept with trigger fish, puffers, or any other specimens that might pick at or eat its mantle. It is also recommended that they not be kept with anemones as the anemone may move close to the clam and sting or eat it.
  • Placement: bottom to low -
It should be kept lower in the display and although some specimens prefer lying in the substrate they will occasionally attach their byssal threads to rocks above the substrate.
  • Supplements: calcium, strontium, molybdenum
  • Other Notes: All clams require good to excellent water quality. Clams are noted to consume free nitrates to a degree and are occasionally fed a part of their diet via nitrate drip in large clam farms (though this practice is NOT recommended in aquaria) and may help to reduce nitrate levels in a system.
Tridacna squamosa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 

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WOW - that URL shows some REALLY AWESOME Clams! I am stareting to like CLAMS more and MORE! Now - to add to my 4 I already have! ;-) They JUST as colorful as corals! AND, they assist with keeping the nutrients in tank down! And filter POCs out of the tank!
 
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So in your guys opinion would the lighting in a 24g jbj nano ie 2 (ps room for another one) 36 watt cf lamps not enough light for a clam.
Plus putting the clam in a high position in the tank.
 
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they very cool. do they only like the substrate?
only problem is where the hang 10 to you get thoughs from.
Have mine at the highest point of my reef, 150mm away from 240watts of 10K lighting.

These clams require loads of lights.
 

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