Dead clam

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  1. Nippy

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    Hi there guys and girls.

    So over the past two weeks I added some corals (Zeo`s) I bought from my LFS:thumbup: I was busy this weekend doing a cleanup and water change and noticed that my clam was behaving strangely, opening up and then suddenly closing quickly,by sunday morning it noticed the clam looking very bad, now not opening up and i started to smell an odour,:blush: I then decided to put it in the sump because of my tangs starting to pick on him, I then discovered a tiny crab coming out from the clam,by sunday night the clam was dead,:( so i removed him to prevent a ammonia and nitrite spike, could this little crab do so much damage and what is the proper procedure when one adds new coral to your tank. all my parameters are in check, i do weekly tests.

    Your input will be appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
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    Did the clams smell when you put it in the sump?
    Doesnt sound right that tangs would peck at a live clam. What tangs are they?
     
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    hi 459b

    I think it did if im not mistaken, i have the purple,yellow and sailfin tangs.

    thanks.
     
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    Have you changed anything else in your tank recently?
    THink the clam was dead if those three tangs were eating it.
    Cant say if the crab caused the clam to die or if it climbed into it after it died. Was the clam continually opening then closing suddenly? This "heavy breathing" may have been the clam trying to expel something foreign.
     
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    can you perhaps post a bigger pic of the crab?
     
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    well i have just found two rather large welks in my tank which can explain some of my corals not looking their best.... and i have no idea where they come from. One never knows what might come in with LR or other corals.
     
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    what can one do before adding corals and live rock to your tank to get rid of these hitch hickers?
     
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    Use Coralrx - not sure where you are but I was Idol Marine this weekend and saw they had some.
     
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    Hi Alarkins

    I was there on Friday bought some coral from them, what does this Coralrx do?

    Thanks.
     
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    Quarantine them. Put some food with it in the quarantine tank or even your sump and see what comes out. Then put the coral or piece of live rock in the display.
     
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    @alarkins
    seen the video, interesting, we learn everyday in this hobby, sometimes its a costly and upsetting lesson,

    Thanks buddy.

    @Tobes

    thanks will do.
     
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    for live rock, prepare some salt water in a bucket with a SG of 1.035-1.040, then submerge the rock in for 1min. All critters should run out of the rock then you can choose what you want.. Well according to LiveAquaria.. Personally never tried it but I will most def do it when I get more rock
     
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    Sorry to hear about the clam btw :(
     
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    @Tremayn

    Thanks buddy, really appreciate it.

    Nippy
     
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    No prob
     
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