My First Clam!

Rockster2599

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Hi All,
Just picked up a lovely clam which I think is a crocea. Before adding it to my tank I inspected it and it had 1 pyramidellid snail at the edge of the mantle which I removed.
My question is that I bought it attached to a cup made of glued or concreted aragonite, should I try to remove it to inspect the underside for more parasites?
If so how?
 

moliken

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pic will help. the way is to tilt the clam away from the direction of the cut, which needs to be made with a clean very sharp thin blade. should feel right, easy. throw away the cup. inspect carefully at night. highly unlikely there was only 1 snail.
 

x3thelast

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quarantine that thing. u can use a razor blade to cut it. you can place the clam in a bowl of tank water and inspect it with a flash light, and using tweezers remove w/e you find. you may want to clean the shell with a tooth brush while you have it out, be careful around the openings tho.

good luck
and post up a picture!
 

Rockster2599

New member
Thanks for your help,
My problem is that because its in a cup its very difficult to get a blade underneath. Any suggestions? Ill post a pic up later when the lights are on and the flow is off, it looks better top down.
 

Rockster2599

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Ive just had a thought, If I take it off the cup what do I do with it then?

What I mean is if i want to be able to keep inspecting the underside, if I put it on a rock it will re attach right? Then I wont be able to keep picking it up.
I dont have a sandbed so if i put it on the tank bottom will it attach to the glass?
 

Rockster2599

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Sorry for the awful pic
 

MBIETZ

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Ya take the cup off for sure and it will reattach i have had clams attach to the glass before but a rock in more ideal also it is not a crocea its a maxima and a nice looking one at that.
 

Rockster2599

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Just so I know,
My tank is lit by spots and the clam isnt isnt directly under a spot so I have some flexibility.
How do I know if the clam is happy light wise?
Conversely how do I know if it isnt getting enough light?

FYI it looks very happy at present.
 

Skynyrd Fish

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Keep checking for snails. I had a loosing battle for 2 years. That is a beautiful clam. You will start to notice new shell growth. That's a sign its happy.
 

implac

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When my crocea clam gets less light than it needs (when I forget to lower my lights back down after tank maintenance) I've noticed it "reaching" by flaring its mantle upwards. It returns to a normal size with the mantle extended slightly past the shell when the light intensity returns to normal. I agree that a bright white margin of new shell growth should continually be apparent.
 
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