Clam filters

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by dallasg, 24 Mar 2009.

  1. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Hi, been studying up on the anatomy of clams and bi-valves, and was wondering about the idea of a giant clam filter. Eg. If I took a 2ft tank, (600x400x300) with 5cm gravel and plumbed it in to my big system using say 20% volume.flow thru, with mh 150w, 10k and 20k bulbs with 3 or so clams in, would this be an effective water filter? Giving that the water depth will be 20cm and can surround the tank in alanod to increase light would this be a good environment?
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    Why not just put the clams in your tank? and the gravel will trap waste. and if you wanna have hundreds then what happens if some die, wouldn't it cause the tank to crash?
     
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    I dont think clams will be an effective filter. ITs too much hassle for the rewards. Justin is right, if you are going to keep clams they should be somewhere to be viewed. If you want them mainly for filtration, why not keep other bivalves? there are others which would be better suited, i remember a thread a while ago on some unusual bivavles taken from an aquarium or a research institute or something that were massive. That would be a better plan. Sponges is another idea
     
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    It is true that clams are consumers of nitrogen compounds but not to the degree of LR or macro algae.

    Clams biggest consumption is light ;)
     
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    They will remove pollutants from your system but you will need plenty to be of noticeable effect
     
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    Alan used to have a clam filter in one of his many sumps... not sure it its still there....
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    thanks guys...

    i have started a dark cryptic/bethnic zone, waiting to see what sponges grow etc.
    i will look for alternatives, this natural filtration is an interesting subject
     
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    instead of using clams, rather go for other bivalves. Try black mussels or oysters, they dont need light and you can keep alot more in a tank.
     
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    i agree!!! that way when guests are over and your hungry for a delicate snack, you can crack open a few fresh oysters!
    just gotta keep tobasco and lemons handy! :thumbup:

    this is a really good plan! i think i am going to think hard about trying oyster thing. even if it only lasts a few days :whistling::lol:
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    oysters and muscles seem like a good idea... will experiment with them, anyone know in jhb where i can get some
     
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    hehe i am vegetarian so they are safe :)
     
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    that explains a few things....
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    u have no idea....

    since u here, my animals love omega one :) :)
    :peroni:
     
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    i'm always here - just dont post for fear of being attacked by The Group....

    Glad to hear your animals loves the food :D
     
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    Hey dallas, I saw a flame scallop at Lanzo...Not sure if it is for sale though, one of those extra's that came in with his shipment.
    You good give that a try. They good filters, but do not tolerate nitrates like clams do..
     
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    Dallas. Try Mediterranean on Fourways mall the new section. Mussels and oysters usually arrive fresh on tuesdays and fridays
     
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    :nono::nono::nono::nono::nono::nono:

    stay away from flame scallops. they do not do well in our systems at all
     
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    cool will go friday , what should i be expecting to pay any ideas?
     
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    guys just remember - unless its tropical oysters and mussels they will most prob die at higher temps
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    thanks henk, i will research further before i land up killing things
     
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