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Old 11/26/2007, 02:43 PM   #26
mr pink floyd
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Dont do it, clams take months to die of light deprivation. It will be a waste of money

Anything is possible in this hobby. But if you attempt it, don't be surprised if you fail.
thats horrible advice. its like saying, oh, go throw a dog off the roof of the building, its ok, but he might die.

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.

FALSE. clams at any size/age can survive solely by photosynthesis. All the phyto would do would be adding more phosphate and nitrate for them to use in their zoox algae. Also, clams can handle alot of flow. They are found up high in the rocks on reefs...big waves. I have 2 in my 29 SPS with over 55x turnover. Clams can handle the flow, its just as long as their mantles arent constantly being blown over to reduce photosynthesis. Mine gets flipped now and then but it doesnt stay like that.

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Old 11/26/2007, 05:23 PM   #27
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+1. I have read studies that show even tiny clams live off of light only (if that's all they have). And, feeding in phyto baths is actually bad for them.

If you put the clam at the very top, about 1" from the water's surface, it still likely wouldn't be adequate in terms of lighting.

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