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post #1 of 11 Old 11-04-2007, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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1 gallon betta & clam

This is my betta. I've never named him and I've had him since the day after last christmas. I've had that plant in there for almost 2 weeks now and it hasn't been doing too well. The leaves are dying. The guy at Petco told me it was an Amazon Sword Plant and that it needed low-light conditions. I bought freshwater plant fertilizer yesterday but I'm afraid to add it because I just bought the freshwater clam today. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 11 Old 11-04-2007, 10:04 PM
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Which fertilizer? It shouldn't harm your clam. What is your lighting capacity?

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post #3 of 11 Old 11-04-2007, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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Plant Gro Iron Enriched (.15-0-0)
It states that it only contains chelated iron, which is safe for aquatic organisms. I guess my lighting is probably the culprit. I have a measly 7watt bulb in the tank hood, which is all that it allows and even that has been known to get too hot that it starts melting the hood. For this reason, I added a clip-on lamp situated next to the fish tank with the 25watt bulb pointed directly at the amazon sword plant. I primarily use this light instead of the hood light but I only leave it on for a few hours. I thought it would be enough.
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Plant Gro Iron Enriched (.15-0-0)
It states that it only contains chelated iron, which is safe for aquatic organisms. I guess my lighting is probably the culprit. I have a measly 7watt bulb in the tank hood, which is all that it allows and even that has been known to get too hot that it starts melting the hood. For this reason, I added a clip-on lamp situated next to the fish tank with the 25watt bulb pointed directly at the amazon sword plant. I primarily use this light instead of the hood light but I only leave it on for a few hours. I thought it would be enough.
Your 7-watt bulb was incandescent which is no longer recommended for aquarium use. That fertilizer should be fine for use.

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post #5 of 11 Old 05-19-2008, 01:34 PM
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Where did you get a clam from???????? I want one. Does it make pearls????????

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post #6 of 11 Old 05-19-2008, 04:59 PM
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That clam won't survive long, it basically gets it food from green algae water and is pretty demanding. Whoever sold it to you with that size tank should be shot.

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post #7 of 11 Old 05-20-2008, 02:31 PM
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Whoever sold it to you with that size tank should be shot.
yeah that makes sense, shoot someone over a clam.

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post #8 of 11 Old 06-22-2008, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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i guess they really were hard to take care of. sadly, i lost both of those clams a few months ago. i had moved both of them into my 5.5 gallon community tank and they lived there for a while. but then, my fish came down with a disease that i had to use medication for. during the treatment, i put my calms and ghost shrimp into a temporary tank. after the treatment was over, i reintroduced the clams and shrimp back into the tank. the shrimp didn't last long and a few months later the clams died. i always assumed it was because of the medication i had used to treat the tank. : (
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post #9 of 11 Old 06-22-2008, 06:31 PM
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Whoever sold it to you with that size tank should be shot.
yeah that makes sense, shoot someone over a clam.

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Hehe...you meant with a hot load of rock salt didn't ya flashy...smarts...but no REAL harm done.....

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post #10 of 11 Old 06-22-2008, 06:53 PM
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Perhaps you should put the tank by a window, that would definately get more light to the plant and maybe create a little more food for the clam (which can easily be fed by the way). Just don't cook the fish.
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