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    Something ate my clam last night?

    I don't think I have anything in my tank that eats clams, what happened?


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    Do you have any shrimp of any kind?
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    What kind of shrimp? Skunk cleaners will eat them...

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    If it died first, just about anything could have eaten it. Things that wouldn't attack living things will quickly eat stuff that dies. If you just got it, it may have been too stressed and died on it's own.
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    Oh the joke potential for that thread title.... It's killing me!!

    It probably checked out on its own and was just cleaned up by the clean up crew. I've lost one that same way. Was fine for a long time then shrunk up one day. I figured he was just having a bad day. Next day he was just an empty shell. Should I be using the pronoun she?
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    It's great to have you back lol, I missed the knowledge bombs


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    Quote Originally Posted by Levi View Post
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    Thanks man. I should be able to be more active now that it's off season. No lay off this year with the new company thank god. Still the stress level and rush dies down this time of year.

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    Highly Doubtful A Skunk Cleaner took to destroying it on its own. All fish and cuc are opportunistic scavengers. Once something starts dieing off almost anything will eat it. My purple tang loves dieing clams and I've seen him gill deep tearing clams up. Probably wasn't a healthy specimen or wasn't acclimated properly or who knows what. Was the clam exposed to air at all during the bagging or unbagging processes? If so was it burped afterwards? Biggest issues I've seen with clams outside water conditions between transferring systems
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    How do you burp your clam? (Phrasing)

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    Put it in the water and rock it back and forth air should come out of it

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    Yep. This is to ensure no air gets trapped inside the clam. Clams are one of the few things where a little of the shipping water usually ends up in my tank as I dunk the bag, pull clam out then toss leftover water. But that's just me
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    Quote Originally Posted by howard24 View Post
    I don't think I have anything in my tank that eats clams, what happened?


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    It could have just died and if it begins to diessome inverts will gi on the arrack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coral Xpressions View Post
    Highly Doubtful A Skunk Cleaner took to destroying it on its own. All fish and cuc are opportunistic scavengers. Once something starts dieing off almost anything will eat it. My purple tang loves dieing clams and I've seen him gill deep tearing clams up. Probably wasn't a healthy specimen or wasn't acclimated properly or who knows what. Was the clam exposed to air at all during the bagging or unbagging processes? If so was it burped afterwards? Biggest issues I've seen with clams outside water conditions between transferring systems
    Second the opportunistic scavenger. Had nothing in my tank at the time (to my knowledge) that would kill a clam and next thing I know my d@mn algae blenny starts nipping it, eventually with intent to kill. Weakened it and it was a goner. I've seen this happen to clams at the Denver Aquarium, as well.

    All the stocking precautions in the world and you still gotta worry about everything else! By all means, you can probably try another and keep an eye on your tank at night with a red light to rule out unsuspected predators. Good luck with the investigation.
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    Seems like you have other thriving inverts, so it might be hard to determine what happened but like others are saying if the clam was already dying off then anything couldve munched on it.

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