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Thread: Too clean for clams
09-05-2012, 08:04 AM #1
Too clean for clams
Okay not sure if this should go here, but i was told that what i bought as freshwater clams are brackish clams. I recently upgraded my filter, huge upgrade, about two weeks later my clams started to die off. I have relocated them to a 'dirtier' tank. I really want my clams to be a part of my primary tank, which is now too clean to support them. I have some ideas that i would like to bounce off the community here, they could range from inhumane to cutting edge lol. Even if you haven't kept clams, your feedback could end up helping me!
What if i just put them in the canister filter, like media? Do you think it would be 'dirty' enough for them? Maybe on the bottom level where it's dirtiest? They should still get enough dissolved oxygen and all the rest of the essentials, right? Do they need light? Is this even fair to the clams?
I have a glass bottle in the tank, and the water flow inside of it is quite minimal, do you think putting the clams in the bottle would maybe give them more time to eat? Would they instead suffocate from inefficient flow or oxygen?
Do any of you have any suggestions as to a way i could still display the clams in the tank, and ensure they stay fed? A pipette is out of the question, and apparently even if i purchase and introduce specific micro organisms, my filter would eat them all way before the clams, just like im experiencing now, right? Or could i just add it to the water and it would keep cycling through?
I have added a dual sponge intake, making sure to catch as much as possible IN the water. I probably sound like a freak about these clams. Sorry about the bombardment of questions, i hope im in the right spot! Thanks in advance for reading!
09-05-2012, 09:43 AM #2
Simple really. Go back to your less filtered "dirtier" set up. Overfiltering isn't needed anyway unless you had high trates or were getting ammo spikes in the past you fixed something that wasn't broken.
09-06-2012, 08:59 AM #3
Gah thanks for not tellin me what i want to hear lol! Im in love with the water quality i have right now, im overstocked like a motherfather, i would dread reducing the filtration now that i've spoiled myself. im also smitten with my clams...you think i should bug the folks in the inverts. forum? i tried a tank within a tank before, but it didn't pan out, maybe i should post something in the technical area? searching the site for clams didn't really give me an idea of where to post. sorry for looking like a confused elderly lady in walmart. i guess brackish was a stretch as if im trying to create a defined brackish area in a tropical fw community....try not to flame me!fish are aliens
09-06-2012, 10:37 AM #4
Clams need large amounts of food item available at all times to survive long. There is no happy medium,they either have enough properly sized particulate to live well or they starve to death. You could try daily spot feedings of phytoplankton but that's a pita and doesn't really give them the all day food availability they need. You could do a phyto drip and that would do it but then you will be polluting that pretty water you like so much. In short,,,refer to my first post.
09-15-2012, 07:46 AM #5
sorry for my delayed response! im clamless. its a depressing ordeal, but they aren't amongst the living. thanks for your help though, your info was spot on! i guess we can close this thread though.fish are aliens
09-26-2012, 12:37 AM #6Member CoryCat
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Dont feel too bad. In gen clams are hard to keep, they have complex life cycles, are parasitic for at lest part of their life cycles.. And require condictions that are best met in the wild.
Lesson learned: Clams + Aquariums = death.