Tridacnid Sponge Concern

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  1. sunburst

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    I have had this beauty for 3 years. There has always been some sponge growth under the mantle, but recently i have begun to wonder if there is a chance of the sponge out competing the clam for real estate.

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  3. Alan

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    Have had all sorts growing on the clams shells, if you worried remove the clam from the water and scrub the sponge off, just be careful of air bubbles when placing the clam back into position.
     
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    i think it should be fine.but if you are in doubt,go with Alan has mentioned
     
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    The sponge should not be competing for real estate with the clam. If anything the sponge will be restricted by the real estate (shell area) provided by the clam. As long as the mantle of the clam is not affected by the sponge (should not be) there should be no problems.
     
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    Agreed, it's not going to hurt the clam. Actually, I might even be thrilled to have a sponge growing on my clam like that... I love sponges!
     

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