Urgent help needed Please Help. My clam lip is injured.

Discussion in 'Urgent Help Needed' started by Bendor, 7 Aug 2013.

  1. Bendor

    Bendor

    Joined:
    20 Aug 2011
    Posts:
    1,491
    Likes Received:
    30
    Location:
    Pietermaritzburg
    My clam is one week old and I noticed this tonight. Can anyone help with a diagnosis?

    image.jpg
     
  2. AdS Guest




    to hide all adverts.
  3. Quintin

    Quintin

    Joined:
    30 Aug 2010
    Posts:
    1,607
    Likes Received:
    37
    Location:
    Ruimsig
    What are we looking at?
    I see a clam but that is about it...
    Please explain what is wrong with it... or a closeup pic
     
    Last edited: 7 Aug 2013
  4. Bendor

    Bendor Thread Starter

    Joined:
    20 Aug 2011
    Posts:
    1,491
    Likes Received:
    30
    Location:
    Pietermaritzburg
    No trauma that I know of and no nippers in my tank.

    image.jpg
     
  5. NO3

    NO3

    Joined:
    26 Jul 2013
    Posts:
    592
    Likes Received:
    30
    Location:
    Durban,Hillcrest
    when you touch him does he close quickly or stay open or close slowly
     
  6. Quintin

    Quintin

    Joined:
    30 Aug 2010
    Posts:
    1,607
    Likes Received:
    37
    Location:
    Ruimsig
    OK.
    Have a look under the clam and examine the sides of it for holes....
    Polychaete worms such as the larger Nereis sp. and Eunice sp. can prey upon clams.
    They are usually active at night and feed on the clam from below, through the byssal opening or by boring a hole through the shell.

    Also check for algae growth...
    If algae begins to grow over the lip of the shell, the mantle may become irritated and it will not expand as much.

    And also check for air bubbles they can become trapped inside the clam and cause irritation...
     
  7. Bendor

    Bendor Thread Starter

    Joined:
    20 Aug 2011
    Posts:
    1,491
    Likes Received:
    30
    Location:
    Pietermaritzburg
    Thanks guys, I'll have a look. What do I do about air bubbles? Flush it with a turkey baster?
     
  8. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    16,771
    Likes Received:
    582
    Location:
    Sandton
    No, just tilt the clam up and down while under the water
     
  9. Bendor

    Bendor Thread Starter

    Joined:
    20 Aug 2011
    Posts:
    1,491
    Likes Received:
    30
    Location:
    Pietermaritzburg
    Ok. The clam closes quickly when I shade it and closed completely after lights out. I can't lift him of the rock as he has already firmly anchored himself. Can't see worms around the base. No algae around the rim.

    Just found my hermit dead and pulled out of it's shell. It was alive this morning.

    New addition about three weeks ago: Saron Marmoratus Shrimp. Can't see anything about hermits but I have found a site saying it can eat/damage bivalves. (Post purchase of course. Schoolboy error!):banghead: Will look for the link. I have been looking but I haven't seen it anywhere nere the clam. Didn't want to act without evidence.
     
  10. carlosdeandrade

    carlosdeandrade

    Joined:
    24 Dec 2010
    Posts:
    8,230
    Likes Received:
    228
    Location:
    North Riding, Jozi
  11. Bendor

    Bendor Thread Starter

    Joined:
    20 Aug 2011
    Posts:
    1,491
    Likes Received:
    30
    Location:
    Pietermaritzburg
    Wetwebmedia:
    Saron shrimp: reef safe? Nope 1/30/04 Hi! I am planning to get a Saron shrimp and I checked your website for more info on Saron shrimps, but I couldn't find anything that says whether they are reef-safe or not, as I've received mixed opinions on them. So, may I know whether I could keep this shrimp in a reef-setting without corals getting pestered. Andrew Lee <an easy one, mate... Saron shrimp are categorically un-safe with benthic invertebrates. They are generally opportunistic and commonly attack bivalves (including Tridacnid clams), harass other bottom dwelling fishes and invertebrates. And frankly are opportunistic scavengers/bullies. Anthony>
     
  12. Bendor

    Bendor Thread Starter

    Joined:
    20 Aug 2011
    Posts:
    1,491
    Likes Received:
    30
    Location:
    Pietermaritzburg
    Banggai Cardinal
    Long nose hawk fish
    Yellow tang
    Fire fish
    Two black clowns
    Diamond head goby
     
  13. NO3

    NO3

    Joined:
    26 Jul 2013
    Posts:
    592
    Likes Received:
    30
    Location:
    Durban,Hillcrest
    well if its not gapeing it should be fine!For me ive always been of the opinion that shrimp and clams never go together! On live aquaria it does say it is not reef safe so weather he takes the odd nip at the clam may be the problem! A stresed clam is easy takings for shimp! Just watch him!

    As for your hermits well someone may have wanted a new shell ,they had a box up and he lost thats just the way it goes dont stress too much about it!
     
  14. NO3

    NO3

    Joined:
    26 Jul 2013
    Posts:
    592
    Likes Received:
    30
    Location:
    Durban,Hillcrest

    Well i think you have solved your problem but:thumbup:
     
  15. Bendor

    Bendor Thread Starter

    Joined:
    20 Aug 2011
    Posts:
    1,491
    Likes Received:
    30
    Location:
    Pietermaritzburg
    Don't call me a but! :thumbup:
     
  16. Bendor

    Bendor Thread Starter

    Joined:
    20 Aug 2011
    Posts:
    1,491
    Likes Received:
    30
    Location:
    Pietermaritzburg
    Thanks guys. I'll do some midnight crawling with the flashlight. If he is guilty he is in trouble!


    In a back to the lfs kind of way.
     
  17. carlosdeandrade

    carlosdeandrade

    Joined:
    24 Dec 2010
    Posts:
    8,230
    Likes Received:
    228
    Location:
    North Riding, Jozi
    Ok, the one that MIGHT be a problem is your long nose hawk fish. I have read some reports of them eating clams, they will certainly eat the smaller ones. But, from what you posted, looks like the shrimp is your culprit. I would buy some ocean nutrition clams in the halve shell and place one in every second day, This might stop your shrimp from attacking the clam. Good luck.
     
  18. Bonehead

    Bonehead

    Joined:
    20 Jan 2013
    Posts:
    137
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Sleepy Hollow
    Bring over the clam bendor, i'll keep it on one of my rocks for you
     
    Last edited: 7 Aug 2013
  19. NO3

    NO3

    Joined:
    26 Jul 2013
    Posts:
    592
    Likes Received:
    30
    Location:
    Durban,Hillcrest
    Sorry that was a typo ment to be bud!!:lol:
     
  20. Quintin

    Quintin

    Joined:
    30 Aug 2010
    Posts:
    1,607
    Likes Received:
    37
    Location:
    Ruimsig
    Well, there is your problem....
    They are predators of coral and anything else they can get their hands on....

    Pic for you below from my reference guide....

    shrimp.jpg
     
  21. Bendor

    Bendor Thread Starter

    Joined:
    20 Aug 2011
    Posts:
    1,491
    Likes Received:
    30
    Location:
    Pietermaritzburg
    Thanks! What else do you want to save from my tank?
     
Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - Please Help clam Forum Date
Please help with clam Invertebrates 9 Jan 2016
Overflow fitting help please Pumps and Waterflow 30 Nov 2016
Please help ORI with the KZN bait collection survey Diving, Collecting and Environmental Discussions 11 Nov 2016
Urgent help needed Please help/ fish looks like its dying Urgent Help Needed 7 Nov 2016
Please Help Id this Surgeon ID Needed 15 Aug 2016
Help please Quarantine Tanks, sick fish, QT corals 4 Aug 2016
Help please auto top up Beginners 30 Jul 2016