For all of those who keep clams in their tanks and those who don't!

Do you currently have a clam in your tank?

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Ling_Thing

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Got my first clam a maxima at fragtoberfest a little over a month ago. Been doing great, have it placed half way up the scape and took hold and is loving life. From the top down it’s the bluest blue I’ve ever seen in a reef it’s crazy the side shot doesn’t do it justice..

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Nope -- Just don't really care for them. They're fine just not my thing. Especially as they'll get big and eventually go sexual which will usually nuke the tank. A local shop had a 400-ish gallon cube completely nuked overnight by a single clam. it was a big clam of course, but still! If it CAN go sexual -- it can do it in someone elses tank.
 

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I think they're really cool but... they can be challenging, they can be killed by hitchhikers, and, most importantly, they get too big too fast.

Oh, and they might outlive my tank.
 
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Nope -- Just don't really care for them. They're fine just not my thing. Especially as they'll get big and eventually go sexual which will usually nuke the tank. A local shop had a 400-ish gallon cube completely nuked overnight by a single clam. it was a big clam of course, but still! If it CAN go sexual -- it can do it in someone elses tank.
This is why you should always have your clams spayed or neutered. Bob Barker
 
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I tried a Maxima from Petco and it didn't make it long. I would like to try a squamosa but the ones that I like are awfully expensive to try when I have so little experience.
I'd recommend a derasa if you try again. Beautiful and a bit easier on the budget.
 

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I'd recommend a derasa if you try again. Beautiful and a bit easier on the budget.
I came close to pulling the trigger on one of those from Pacific East Aquaculture's sales and I actually think it's still in my cart now that I think about it. But I'm a bit gun-shy.
 

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I came close to pulling the trigger on one of those from Pacific East Aquaculture's sales and I actually think it's still in my cart now that I think about it. But I'm a bit gun-shy.
We are all here to help if you decide to purchase one day:D
 

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I have tried with various species of Tridacna Clams but to no avail in my 5 or 14 gallon Biocube. My thought is that it was not getting enough nutrients even though lighting was ideal and I also added phytoplankton. They were the 2” gem Clams.
When I had my larger tanks they would do much better! I miss not having these beautiful animals in my tank.
Will try again soon!
 

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I think they're really cool but... they can be challenging, they can be killed by hitchhikers, and, most importantly, they get too big too fast.

Oh, and they might outlive my tank.
I think we ought to have a Tridacna challenge. The challenge, should you choose to accept it...to purchase and maintain a Gigas Tridacna and who ever has the largest one after 3 years wins! However, with them attaining 3’ plus in length and hundreds of pounds, y’all might not win the prize!
The prize is a tee shirt with the inscription “ I’m With Clam on the front...Clam Chowder anyone? On the back.
Lol...
 

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Had a beautiful blue maxima for almost 4yrs. I added a nice peaceful, hard working, “doesn’t pick at anything” fish (and my favorite fish, starry blenny) who immediately went after my clam like a dog with a chew toy. Literally pulling pieces of the mantel off and eating it like it was Christmas. When that starry goes I’ll get another.
 

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I keep too many angels in my sps tank to have a clam. And my LPS tank doesn’t have enough light intensity to host a clam.
 

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It's CLAM time whoaaaaa.......

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Ok that was dumb but I do have some questions for you! I have a clam coming tomorrow, first for the "new" tank and it got me thinking about how many are actually currently keeping a clam.

1. Do you keep a clam?

2. What type of clam is it?

3. How long have you had it?

4. Where do you have it placed in your tank?

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I had a crocea and derresa in the past (many, many years ago). Each lived 3-5 years. I now have a maxima (thought it was a crocea). I realized my mistake after it got 3x bigger than a crocea. I’ve had this one located in the sand in the center of the tank for about 5+ years now. It does have a foot and likes to attach to small pieces of rubble in the sand, so I gave it a rather large flat pierce of dead coral to latch on to.

I will post a pic in a few days. My tank is going through a 3 day “black-out” right now.

I find clams to be quite hardy, but my 180 gallon system.
 

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