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Old 06/07/2018, 01:32 PM   #1
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When to pull a Dying Clam

I purchased a Maxima clam a few weeks back and noticed a small tear in the mantle after owning it a few days. Here is the thread I posted. http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh....php?t=2676841 The clam now has 3 tears and the Incurrent siphon is slightly gaping The clam is still opening everyday and is responding to light. I don't know a clams anatomy but when looking down from the top, through the center tear, there appears to be color like another mantle. This is my first clam and i'm pretty sure it will not survive. I'm not sure if I should pull it out or if there is a possibility it will heal itself and survive. Looking for advice. Below is a picture of the tears in the mantle and how the clam looks today.




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Old 06/08/2018, 06:29 PM   #2
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It’s showing good color, I’d leave it be and watch it.


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Old 06/08/2018, 07:34 PM   #3
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It’s showing good color, I’d leave it be and watch it.
Thanks, Its pretty beat up but still opening and responding to light. Gonna watch it close. Still don't know what could be causing this. Wrasse or some type of bacterial infection. Guess there's not much else I can do but watch it.


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Old 06/17/2018, 08:56 AM   #4
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Is it hard to keep clams? I'm only a yr into the saltwater hobby but obsessed with the appearance of clams. I'm just nervous of it not thriving.


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Old 06/17/2018, 11:52 AM   #5
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Is it hard to keep clams? I'm only a yr into the saltwater hobby but obsessed with the appearance of clams. I'm just nervous of it not thriving.
I chose a larger Clam as they really only need high light and low to moderate flow. Smaller clams require feeding. Mine is still hangin in there. Not sure what caused the tears. Hopefully it will recover.


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Old 06/21/2018, 08:41 AM   #6
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Is it hard to keep clams? I'm only a yr into the saltwater hobby but obsessed with the appearance of clams. I'm just nervous of it not thriving.
I would consider myself to be similar to you in experience. I got a "Crocea Clam" -- which is considered the more difficult type.

These are my thoughts now having one for 4 months:

1.) Absolutely likes low flow or it will move itself away
2.) Place on a nice porous flat rock so it can embed its foot
3.) Light, light, light, as much as possible
4.) Try to place as high in the tank as possible to maximize light (I only have a AI Prime HD)
5.) Squirt some phytoplankton in the tank as supplemental feeding.

My clam is doing well, when it closes I can see new white shell growing on its edges which is a sign it is growing.


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Old 06/21/2018, 10:50 AM   #7
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When you have a goner the mantle will detatch from the shell, before that hope for the best!


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Old 06/21/2018, 10:56 AM   #8
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Hey everyone. I've seen some responses on this post so here is a little update. This morning the largest tear seems to be healing. Can see some clear tissue closing the tear. Clam still not opening fully but responding well to light and still opening daily. Fingers crossed.


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