i used to have a clam and it failed horribly. i have made my tank much much much more stable, and it has been running for more then a year sence i last tried. i want to know what you need to succsessfuly keep clams so i can figure out what i did wrong and what i can do to make some new ones survive and thrive in my tank:greenyay::blueyay::redyay:
Hi here's a wee bit about clams i've attach a link to that you might be interested in.
smaller clams depend on regular feedings of phytoplankton. You should aim to get a lot of phytoplankton in the water column instead of target feeding the clam. The clams gills can easily get clogged if they are aggressively target fed. The larger they get, the less they depend on phytoplankton for their nutrients. At around 3," the clams diet usually consists of mostly the zooxanthellae within its tissues, although phytoplankton is still part of the diet.
I like what marine666 has posted. He is right about their strict dietary needs. They are one of the hardest inverts to keep for this reason. I do not think that most aquarists have the means to keep clams. Even the larger clams that use zooanthelle as a main feeding source are still filter feeders. Most clams that are kept in captivity do not survive.
I'm not sure what is most important for a claim to survive in the tank, but as long as your lighting is right and all water parameters are maintained you should be able to keep them with regular feedings. I have two claims now one is about 5-6 inches and I've had him just over 4 months and the other is 2 inches and have had him just over 1 month. I feed them everyday a mix of oysterfeast and phytofeast. I do not target feed I just put it right into the tank.
Hope this helps.
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