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Old 12/26/2006, 06:01 PM   #1
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Derasa or Crocea Clam?

I have been wanting a clam for my tank for quite awhile. I was in the LFS today and they have a large number of clams at decent prices and an additional 20% off. They have both Derasa and Crocea clams. Which would be best for me? I am thinking Crocea because of the size Derasa can attain.

Here is my tank specs:

40 gallon breeder (17 inches high)
300 Watts PC lighting
Bak - Pak 2 skimmer
Been operational for 2.5 years
1 Perc
3 Azure damsels
1 Lawnmower Blenny
TBS package + added corals

I have not really had any trouble keeping anything alive in my tank and in fact, most things have thrived. I have had oysters that came on my TBS rock that are still alive and kicking after 2.5 years.


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Old 12/26/2006, 06:22 PM   #2
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Derasa. they are more hardy for beginner clam and do not need as much light. Crocea should be under metal halide IME


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Old 12/26/2006, 06:24 PM   #3
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there is a lot of debate as to whether or not power compacts can sustain giant clams long term. You are going to get lots of opinions on this one. I don't think a crocea would be a good first clam choice.
I would get the deresa over the crocea because they are hardier and don't have as high of lighting needs as croceas do. People have hard time with them even with metal halide lights.
But I really think the Squamosa clam would be even better than the deresa. They are probably the easiest clam to keep.


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Old 12/26/2006, 06:35 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice. I will go with the Derasa clam. I was a bit concerned about their eventual size. I am upgrading to a 180 this summer and have begun putting the system together and already have the MH lights for it, but it will be this summer before the system is up and operational.

I doubt the Derasa will outgrow the 40 gallon breeder in the next 6 months before it can be moved into the new system.


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