Clam moving?

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    Hi guys

    I recently purchased my first clam and he's very happy, openning fully during the day, last night though the clam was facing me with its output siphon facing away. This morning it seems to have moved 90degrees and the siphon is pointing to the right! Can clams move this way?
     
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    They certainly do, especially if they are not 100% happy with their placement, is it one that must be placed on a rocky substare (like your rocks) or sandy substrate? Is it close to strong water currents? What type of lights do you have, maybe your lights are too strong compared to the LFS you bought it from and now the clam got a "fright" from the extra intensity, or even the opposite is true, maybe you don't have enough light.

    Do you know the type of clam you bought, post a pic, if you don't. Give us some info about the your system.
    Will gladly help where I can.:)
     
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    Spot on advice and answers!
     
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    Thanks carlos, All parameters are in check, salinity 1.025, Ph 8.3, and i have acclimated him to my lights, he is on the sand and hasnt moved again since. Ill keep watching and let you know, thanks again
     
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    see he moved 90 degrees, also any thoughts on how i can get rid of the algae?

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    Algae? Some NO3 or PO4 in your system, check these, water changes are great, maybe you're over feeding. If everything is in check, get some orca bio cubes, will drop nitrates and phosphates, but never forget that good husbandry practices are most NB, from what I can see, algae doesn't look to bad.
     
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    Don’t sit clams in the substrate; it is not safe over the long term for them especially if the tank is deep and the weak light down that depth weakens them and they are attacked from beneath in the sand.

    Clams in the wild attach to hard surfaces, not sand; we see many of them here.

    Sit it on something so it can attach, also they will direct them selves to the light and the light may be reflecting off the front or rear glass and they pick up on this and move.

    Or it is falling over, or something is happening under it.
     
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