07-11-2011, 06:08 PM
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Originally Posted by lorax84
Clams are bivalves, this basically means they suck in water, sift out the edible lifeforms and expel the water back out. In the wild they feed on mostly suspended algae and phytoplankton in the water, in an aquarium there are just not enough of either to sustain them. If you want to keep clams you will need to feed them at least once or twice a day depending on the size and type of clam.
Phytoplankton can be purchased at almost any LFS. It comes in a bottle with a squirt top. You would probably want to use a turkey baster when feeding to make sure your clam gets as much food as possible. This can get pretty expensive so that is always a concern. You will also need to be very regular with your tank maintenance as there is bound to be some extra food around in the tank and you don't want to kill you other fish.
Keep in mind I have never actually kept clams, I just did a little research about them when I was thinking about keeping them. Most of what I read said it was possible to keep them in a community aquarium, but a species only tank was the easiest way to go.
Yeah that defiantly sounds like a lot for me to deal with right away. Maybe eventually I will try it. I'm glad I posted my question on here before having any problems so maybe down the road I will try it. Thanks Lorax you been a big help