Clams!!!

Discussion in 'General Coral Care' started by Atilla, 21 Dec 2009.

  1. Atilla

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    i want to start this thread with all the info regarding clams...

    please voice your opinion about the different species of clams.
    how difficult they are to maintain (own experience)
    tank conditions
    fish that you find not compatible with them
    prices compared between the species

    :):):)
     
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  4. Yuri

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    I like angels more than clams
     
  5. Atilla

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    ek ook , maar dan het jy meer as een tank nodig;)
     
  6. sihaya

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    In my experience with Tridacna clams (which is admittedly limited to the 3 or 4 of them I've kept myself), I'd say they have the same basic needs as any light-loving coral... good water quality, lots of light. I mean, there's really not much too their care (as far as I can tell). I think the hardest decision with clams is just figuring out where to place them.
     
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    when you say any other light loving coral...what coral do you have in mind? acropora?
     
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    anyone got articles on clams? they are like the holy grail of most reef tanks
     
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    why you say so mandarinman?
     
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    also include some pics if you can ;)
     
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    Maybe not quite that much... I've kept at least one clam very well under good compact fluorescent lights. The others... I had them about 2.5ft below a 250w DE MH and they did great. I'd say, put them under no less light than you would any Faviidae or Euphyllia. Acclimation is the key here... as we all know.

    And as always in this hobby, opinions differ greatly. There are some people who insist they'll die if you don't fry them with as much light as possible. I disagree only because I've seen them do fine under moderately-high light and even just moderate light. Again, I think acclimation is the important thing here... and high water quality.

    Oh, and I certainly wouldn't call them the "holy grail" of marine aquarium keeping. They're pretty easy (again, in my experience). I've experienced all kinds of tank issues and crashes and my clams never struck me as particularly delicate. They certainly seem a lot easier to keep than Acropora.
     
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    this is a funny area for me as i have had such success with them in the past but am batteling to keem them currently losing my last one about 1-2 months ago.. i have run them under 250w to 150w hailides only and found 250w better from a mantle showing perspective. im not sure if the last one was hurt or ill but it looked great and just withered....
     
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    ive successfully kept clams for over 1.5 years under 6 T5 lights before my regal took a liking to them ....
     
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    what clam was this Les?
     
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    what type did you keep Afsal? regl tang or regal angel?
     
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    I have been to Peter Bee's place and when I saw his clams, I just had to get. He has a pond total water volume +- 60 thousand liters thats 15850.32 gallons (US) Yes thats marine pond. He keeps the clams just under Sky lights. Clams are great water filters.They even say they help keep your water stable.

    http://www.aquacon.com/images/CroceaElectric1.jpg
     
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    maybe ive heard so many stories im a little intimidated by clams
     
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    it was a regal tang , i had 1 squamosa and 1 crotea (spelling???)
     
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    no problem dude, i think alot of people are.
     
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    crocea and surprisinly it did better on the substrate than on the rockwork.. but i have had quite a few different species iover the years with good long term results
     
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