Coral Positioning

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  1. bothabear

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    Hi Guys

    Need some help. New to the marine tank hobby.
    I need some advice on where to place a coral and a clam.

    I have a bubble coral which I have placed near the top of my tank.
    I have a clam which is at the bottom on a flat rock.

    Is that good?

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  3. butcherman

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    They look happy where they are. What lights and flow do you have in your tank?
     
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    I think that is a crocea clam (can't see any shutes to suggest it is a maxima), it needs very strong light so it is best placed at the top of the tank. I would suggest placing it on a small piece of flat LR so that it attaches and then place that rock where you want to in the tank.

    EDIT: Sorry, didn't see that you already have it on a piece of rock :p
     
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    @bothabear, it would be helpful to give a little bit of detail about your lighting. What type of light unit, details of the globes and potentially your lighting period as an example. You could also add the dimensions of your tank, in particular how deep is your tank.

    However, just some guideline advice with new corals. I always (most of the time) place new corals at the bottom of the tank for a few days and then raise them higher up over a couple of weeks to where their final resting place will be.

    Depending on lighting, most often clams and bubble can go near within the bottom 1/3rd of the tank.

    Im sure others will share their thoughts on this with you.

    Cheers

    Keep in mind, I run 400w MH with 8x T5
     
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  6. bothabear

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    Hi there.
    I have a standard Boyu TL550.
    I have added in a wave maker. Not sure, think they said something about a 200?

    Sorry, new to this.
     
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    Not true for most of the tridacna clams available in the hobby. They require high light and high calcium requirements.
    @bothabear
    Are the lights the normal tube lights?
    @RiaanP @dallasg @Toolboysa can you comment on the adequacy of these lights?
     
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    i have one of these and kept soft, LPS and clams, start with soft corals and zoas and as you get experienced can go from there and maybe upgrade the lights, i eventually did
     
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    And there you have it, lots of contributing and helpful info pouring in :thumbup:

    What is considered high light on a PAR measurement scale? The article you linked describes a clam placed at 20inches (508 mm) deep under a 150w Metal Halide as sufficient. My advice was posted prior to details pertaining to his lighting unit and tank dimensions (depth). I had added my lighting details to provide a sense of where I would place them.

    In the case of T5 your article had this to say.

    In the case of T-5 lighting, remember only the 10k bulbs produce enough photo energy for PAR on clams, and the actinics produce little to no PAR depending on color temperature. It is also noted that the longer the bulbs are, the more penetrating power they carry. Thus a Crocea should be fine in a 20 inch depth under a 36 inch fixture

    I think the Boyu height is 670mm making it a rather deep tank. With that in mind and the lighting on this unit would support your post stating to place the coral higher up then my recommendation @ tekkengal it however does not make my post "Untrue". I did mention "Depending on your lighting.

    In My tank at 880mm my lights produce a PAR reading of 200 and at 500mm a PAR reading of 340-390.

    Thanks
     
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    @Nemeziz_za
    Which is why I pinged those that I thought are more knowledgeable of lighting requirements...
     
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    Thanks to everyone for all your advice.
    It really means a lot.:thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    Good luck and hope you enjoy your tank :)

    Just a tip on the clam: keep monitoring your clam for new shell growth, it will help to identify if it is still healthy ;) And no direct feeding to the clam!
     
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    @tekkengal no worries.

    Point here is as with everything the details are important.

    All our tanks are so different so what works for one won't always work for another.
     
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    It is a good point :)
     
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