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Old 11/17/2007, 05:04 PM   #1
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Can I keep a Clam in Aquapod 12 with PC Light?

I have a 12 gal Aquapod with 2x27w Stock lighting.

Will a small clam survive under this lighting?


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Old 11/17/2007, 05:20 PM   #2
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i wouldn't recommend it, they require intense lighting.


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Old 11/17/2007, 05:30 PM   #3
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Old 11/17/2007, 05:34 PM   #4
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I'd have to agree. Not enough lighting...


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Old 11/17/2007, 07:12 PM   #5
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Thanks Guys, I will have to stick to zoo's and M'rooms


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Old 11/18/2007, 07:02 AM   #6
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some people have said their clams thrive under PC lighting but i havent seen any one prove it


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Old 11/18/2007, 07:02 AM   #7
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some people have said their clams thrive under PC lighting but i havent seen any one prove it


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Old 11/18/2007, 09:17 AM   #8
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i went to my lfs the other day and to my suprise i saw they had a clam in one of their 12g ap's with the same stock lighting. It was at the very top of the rockwork and the guy working said that it had been in there for 2 months with no prob. I dont see how but thats what he said.


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Old 11/18/2007, 09:32 AM   #9
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how about a clam under 96 watt in ten gallon?


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Old 11/18/2007, 09:39 AM   #10
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how about a clam under 96 watt in ten gallon?
No, clams need stronger light than any amount of PC's can provide IMO. Some have had them SURVIVE under PC's, but I don't think they will ever THRIVE.


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Old 11/18/2007, 11:50 AM   #11
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Talking My 3 month old clam

I have had mine under stock aquapod lights for 3 months and it seems happy, i am gona upgrade to sunpod 70w mh soon, my lfs said as long as you have at least 4-4.5 watts per gallon it should be fine and so far so good


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Old 11/20/2007, 01:54 PM   #12
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I kept a maxima in a 6 gallon nano cube for 2 months while I resetup my old 55 gallon. The clam actually had problems when I moved it out of the nano. I think It was light shock. But I had no intentions of keeping it in the nano. I also feed it phyto feast weekly.


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Old 11/20/2007, 04:59 PM   #13
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Yea, it's possible... The key to doing it is making sure you're feeding lots of phytoplankton or other types of filter foods. Young clams don't have a large enough mantle to photosynthesize their own food. I would highly suggest target feeding a clam in any situation regardless, especially smaller specimens.


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Old 11/20/2007, 05:11 PM   #14
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There is a difference between surviving and thriving, as well, as there is a difference between it being strongly advised against and being possible.....


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Old 11/20/2007, 05:37 PM   #15
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i heard different species of clams could do well, i think Derasa clams can handle lower lighting requirements but i could be wrong


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Old 11/20/2007, 06:13 PM   #16
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Clams need food, and they eat in one of two ways. Light, or phytoplankton.

One or the other may be enough, both is obviously best. You would have to choose the latter, which is what most of these people who say that their tank is thriving under PC lighting really mean even though they dont know it.


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Old 11/20/2007, 06:30 PM   #17
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Dersa Clams grow to be HUGE. I've seen one bigger than a football.

IMO, no clams under PC's!


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Old 11/20/2007, 08:41 PM   #18
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i went to my lfs the other day and to my suprise i saw they had a clam in one of their 12g ap's with the same stock lighting. It was at the very top of the rockwork and the guy working said that it had been in there for 2 months with no prob. I dont see how but thats what he said.
it takes months for them to starve.


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Old 11/21/2007, 08:19 AM   #19
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I have had two croceas in my Aquapod 24 with pc lighting for over a year. They are doing well in my opinion - which means growing in size. I also feed my tank daily with a reef buffet I make - phytoplankton included. My croceas are both 6 inches from the lights.


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Old 11/21/2007, 10:34 AM   #20
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Under stock lighting I would say no its not possible to keep a clam like that.

I do however believe its possible under prime water conditions, to keep one under PC's. I would highly reccomend agaist it for newbies & new to clams also.

I just posted this on the clam forum but here goes again.

I had my crocea in a 10 gallon under 96w PC lighting for over a year (a few of those months it was actually in a 2 gallon with 13W while the 10 stabilized)

I never fed the tank phyto, that would be asking for algea trouble on a tank that size. The clam is still with me about 4 years later & is doing great, I upgraded to a 20G 150W MH about 2 years ago.

I had an ex who also kept several clams in a larger tank lit by PC's including a black & white maxima (which I personally dont see all the fuss about, blue & blacks are MUCH more pretty) He had these clams for 3 years under PC's that I know of, who knows if he still has them under pc's or what though. But I think 3 years for maxima's is far long enough to discredit the statement that "oh they were slowly starving to death"


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Old 11/21/2007, 11:09 AM   #21
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i've have a crocea clam that is still thriving after 8 months...i got a baby.. 2 inches at the time....i think its around 4-5 inches now...not sure if thats good growth or not, but i would say that ive been successful with mine......................however(!)...i dont recomment getting one for PCs for the mere fact that i hear that they wont survive...im one of the lucky few


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Old 11/21/2007, 12:03 PM   #22
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i have a 29 gallon biocube that i have turned into a full reef with the stock lighting...i have a maxima clam in their and it has been doing really well for over 3 months..knock on wood. I know that they need MH or T5 but to my surprise this clam is looking gorgeous. i have been feeding it phytofeast and phyto(something else)sorry forget what it is. I will post pics.


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Old 11/21/2007, 05:29 PM   #23
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Old 11/22/2007, 08:16 PM   #24
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I've read clams under three inches rely on filter feeding much more so than clams bigger than that. It's agreed that the brighter the light, the better for the symbiotic algae.

What's more, clams can get too much flow. It will ruffle up their mantle keeping them from getting enough light.


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Old 11/26/2007, 01:52 PM   #25
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Er... I don't have that type of clam, but I have a ton of clams in my 12g nano and very poor lighting. They are thriving and even breeding!

I feed a large dose of phytoplankton every evening, and I think they must get all their food from that.


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