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I have 3 maxima clams. 1 has been in there several months and the other two for a month now. All 3 are on clam homes and placed the clam homes on the sand. All has been fine and then this morning I found our rainbow clam on her side out of her home laying in the sand. I put her back on her clam home and then left my house for several hours. I came home and boom she was on the sand bed again on her side. So I put her back on her clam home and placed the clam home on a piece of frag rock on the sand. Well not even 30 mins later boom there she is off of her clam home and on her side. She’s reactionary and closes up when she sees me coming and then comes back out. No one has been picking on her and I don’t see her foot so I don’t think she has been damaged in any way. Can someone help me out please!!! Is this normal? Is she dying? What can I do?

all the other clams are fine. No new fish have been added. I haven’t moved the clams at all. This is just happening out of the blue. Thanks!!!

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It may just not like the base you have it on. I have some that reject bases and others happy to attach. It is just moving as they do and falls. Since Maximas are sensitive, I would put her on a flatter surface that is larger and see what happens.
 

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Clams require a stable, mature system with measurable nitrates and phosphates. If they are in the tank you set up in April, they may struggle. Do you still have just the 2 baby fish in a 180 gallon tank?

Clams will move if they aren't happy with the light or flow. Maxima's require a lot of light. They may do better up on the rocks than on the sand bed. I have a Deresa clam on my sand, but keep the Maxima halfway up on the rocks in higher PAR.
 
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Clams require a stable, mature system with measurable nitrates and phosphates. If they are in the tank you set up in April, they may struggle. Do you still have just the 2 baby fish in a 180 gallon tank?

Clams will move if they aren't happy with the light or flow. Maxima's require a lot of light. They may do better up on the rocks than on the sand bed. I have a Deresa clam on my sand, but keep the Maxima halfway up on the rocks in higher PAR.
Nope we have 8 fish to include 2 clowns, 2 blue chromies, 1 yellow tang, 1 purple tang, 1 sailfin tang, 1 lawnmower blenny and 1 cleaner shrimp. I’m checking the parameters now to give you a current reading. The other clams are fine and all 3 are in the same spot. It’s only this one that’s throwing herself off the clam home.

Would you recommend moving it to this rock? It’s in the sand bed but it does have crevices. If not where would you recommend?
 

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It may just not like the base you have it on. I have some that reject bases and others happy to attach. It is just moving as they do and falls. Since Maximas are sensitive, I would put her on a flatter surface that is larger and see what happens.
So like this rock with crevices or a flat frag rock?
 

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Nope we have 8 fish to include 2 clowns, 2 blue chromies, 1 yellow tang, 1 purple tang, 1 sailfin tang, 1 lawnmower blenny and 1 cleaner shrimp. I’m checking the parameters now to give you a current reading. The other clams are fine and all 3 are in the same spot. It’s only this one that’s throwing herself off the clam home.

Would you recommend moving it to this rock? It’s in the sand bed but it does have crevices. If not where would you recommend?

Yes, I think up on the rock would be better. You can tell if it doesn't approve because it will move again. Are you seeing a white edge when the clams are closed? It's a sign of growth. They can take many months to starve to death if they aren't showing any growth.
 
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Yes, I think up on the rock would be better. You can tell if it doesn't approve because it will move again. Are you seeing a white edge when the clams are closed? It's a sign of growth. They can take many months to starve to death if they aren't showing any growth.
Okay I took a ton of pics for you. Sorry they aren’t the best I got a new phone and the lens doesn’t fit this one. So I’m having to Jerry rig it when I’m taking pics the best I can.
 

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Yes, I think up on the rock would be better. You can tell if it doesn't approve because it will move again. Are you seeing a white edge when the clams are closed? It's a sign of growth. They can take many months to starve to death if they aren't showing any growth.

agree you move it up the rock. Mine is on the highest rock directly under metal hallide lights, maxima shouldn't be on the sand

okay so I put her on the rock that is on the sand bed. But I circled where else I could put her. Which is in that little crevice so not in the highest of light which I circled in blue or could literally move her up to the highest point where it’s the same level that we have an sps growing which would be circled in red. Both spots would be directly under the red sea 90 led but one is a little higher than the other. What do you all think?
 

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Looking at your pics of the clams while closed, it appears that the clams were growing very well at some point. Maybe at the vendor's tank where you got them? It's hard to tell from the pics, but is algae growing on the white part? The growth edge should be bright white with no algae growth on it. I just can't tell for sure from the pics.
 
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Looking at your pics of the clams while closed, it appears that the clams were growing very well at some point. Maybe at the vendor's tank where you got them? It's hard to tell from the pics, but is algae growing on the white part? The growth edge should be bright white with no algae growth on it. I just can't tell for sure from the pics.
Okay I moved her to the highest one the one circled in red because she was getting blown around too much in the blue area. Here are some pics I just took.
 

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agree the blue spot in third pic is where I would put it. But up that high, you might need to adjust the flow to accomodate the clam, I had a hard time with that, took a lot of playing around...
I moved her to the red circle because of her being blown around. Is the red circle too high??
 

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Just observe the clam. It'll let you know if it likes the spot by attaching to the rock in a day or two.
Okay will do. Thanks!!! My clams are my favorite and this one was 200.00. So I’m not going to lie I’m totally freaking out!

mans to answer your previous question it looks like are nitrates is low. So we are going to dose now. Phosphate was .04
 
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Is this considered gapping??
 

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Not gaping at all. Still not fully extended, but she looks okay so far. Just keep an eye on things. They do not mind a bit of nitrates or phosphates in the water. The high spot is good as long as she cannot jump off. :)

I feel your worry. I have a baby that is irritated more then the others and I am worried about it a lot. Just moved it to a different spot and hope she opens more. Did not take long and she opened a bit more, but still a bit scrunched.
 
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