The benefit of feeding clams

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  1. Paul B

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    I just love clams, I collect them, I feed them to my fish, I eat them either raw, stuffed, fried, or in chowder but the only way I feed them to my fish is fresh. OK I buy them live and freeze them. I feel clams are the second best food we can feed our fish "and" corals for a few reasons. First of all, they are very cheap. I can buy a live chowder clam here in New York for about fifty cents (or I can catch them for free) I slightly open them and stick a popsicle stick, tooth pick or rolled up 100 dollar bill in it's shell so when I freeze it, it is easier to open. After it is frozen, I shave off paper thin slices as big as I want depending on what size fish I am feeding. A manta ray would get bigger slices than a sexy shrimp. I don't keep the more common fish, I don't have any tangs, percula clowns, or angels, I just find them to common but I do have copperbands, mandarins, pipefish, possum wrasses, and a weird assortment of gobies and ruby red dragonettes. Besides them my tank is a conglomeration of SPS, leathers, LPS and rusty beer cans. As the fish eat the thin slices of clam, clam juice is dispersed from the pieces that goes all over the tank. This does not go to waste as my algae trough (or algae filter) is filled up to the surface with tiny tube worms. My reverse undergravel filter is also loaded with them. Yes reverse undergravel filter, you can stop laughing now unless your tank is older. The tiny pieces of clam are just the thing for feeding giant leather corals, and forget about duncans, they grow so fast after eating clams that you can hear them creaking. The clam juice is undoubtedly used by the myriad of filter feeders and the slightly larger pieces are eaten by gorgonians and most corals. Clams are the best (or second best) food because a clam is an animal that sits on the bottom of a bay just hanging out for 7 or 8 years just sucking up water and everything that is in it. They are full of minerals including calcium which is what their shell is made out of. When you feed a clam to your tank you are feeding the entire clam including the guts, intestines, ears, eyelashes etc. Everything, unlike if you feed shrimp, squid, scallop, octopus, platypus or fish because those foods are just the muscle and not the guts. I don't eat most creature guts, but I am not a fish. Fish crave that stuff which is why some of my fish are on social security. If your fish are not dying of old age, you are feeding them wrong. You can tell them I said so. Fish fed correctly do not get sick, not ever (OK one fish in 100 may get hemorrhoids once in 20 years) And they live out their normal lifespan which may be anywhere from 10 to 30 years depending on what species it is "and" they should be spawning for almost all of those years. Clams is what you need. I know many people say they can't get clams and what I like to tell those people is, Move :biggrin:
    (By the way, the best food of course is live blackworms)
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    We so agree with you @Paul B. We feed clams too. 90% of our fish for sale eat them. We buy our clams from a local fish store.
     
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    I bought these small Clam in a shell from Ocean Nutrition.

    Just defrost and throw it in. The fish do like it a lot. Only part I do not is that the tank end up with lots of little white shells. Not always possible to remove it afterwards. Will try bigger clams from fish shop as that would be easier to remove excess shells from the display.

    Or else I should remove the flesh from the shell after defrosting.
     
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    Would a oyster be a good food source? They are similar to clams I guess and there are thousands in our river mouths. If so I'm gona start feeding them today!
    Cheers wes
     
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    Oysters are fine and if you don't want to give them to the fish. I will eat them
     
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    Do we get live black worms here in SA?
     
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    Sorry I realise this is not the place to ask
     
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    I don't know, I am in New York
     
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