Fanstastic Ariticle and Great Photos.Each system is different, but over the years I have found I see issues above 8. In the areas where we collected clams in French Polynesia I tested several areas and always was less than 8.
Cultured Maxima clams at the farm in Tahiti, coming in later next week. 6cm
So when we buy a clam from you they come attached to oyster or other shells? If the answer is yes then can we just put the clam on our sand bed since it’s already attached to a shell?In a home aquarium we would not see the natural spawning and settling of clams, thus not see the embedding in rock we see in the wild. In our tanks, the clams do quite well attached to rock, shell, or rubble. Nowadays, I put all the clams on shells and almost all of them I ship are already attached. Probably one of the best gauges as to health is that the clam is firmly attached.
Here we see a Maxima clam attached to a shell. Note there is a gelatinous material the clam produces around the attachment site around the foot which is the flat part on the bottom of the clam. Once attached firmly the clam is no longer vulnerable to predators through the foot.
I use oyster or other shells.
I noticed in a couple of your videos and your write up you mention not recommending wild caught clams but on your site there are a few for sale that are wild caught. Is there something about those particular clams that are different?
Dr. Mac, what are your thoughts on this previous question? I'm wondering the same thing. Thanks!!What is your thoughts on clams that are clams that are known to be positive for Perkinsus? It make it through my quarantine in August and wiped out all but one derasa. I assume that derasa is still carrying it and will infect any new clams I might add so now I am trying to figure out what to do with it, it is healthy and growing well.
Dr. Mac, what are your thoughts on this previous question? I'm wondering the same thing. Thanks!!