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    Easy clams

    What's the easiest clams to keep? And do they have to be down on the sandbed?

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    I have found that the easiest for me to keep are the derasa, squamosa, and gigas. The do get big though and need to be in the sand.
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    Ditto to what Todd said except for the Gigas... The price makes it difficult IMO.

    Personally I love the Derasa, good size, good color, and easy to care for and doesn't need rockwork to be happy.
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    My clams are on the rock and attached. I've heard if you force (rip) them off you'll kill them. Anyone know how to get them to detach without harm?
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    i read you cut them (sharp knife,razor or scissors), but you have to get as close to the rock as possible... make sure you dont nick the actual foot
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    Quote Originally Posted by Murfman View Post
    Ice cube on the foot and they will pull it back in to the shell.
    berwie, berwie inturesting...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sneezy View Post
    i read you cut them (sharp knife,razor or scissors), but you have to get as close to the rock as possible... make sure you dont nick the actual foot
    I would not try this. You are messing with disaster if you do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PotHuntR View Post
    I would not try this. You are messing with disaster if you do.
    that was the recommended way in aquarium fish international, so maybe that is a bad reference mag...

    and the ice idea seems so much better ...
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    the only easy clam i know of is adams wife


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    How do clams multiply/breed? And I'm guessing the cool electric blue ones are the hardest to keep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reefkoi View Post
    the only easy clam i know of is adams wife
    that's my mom im only 16

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLAURENCE32 View Post
    How do clams multiply/breed? And I'm guessing the cool electric blue ones are the hardest to keep.
    I hope Chris's clam never breed's

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLAURENCE32 View Post
    How do clams multiply/breed? And I'm guessing the cool electric blue ones are the hardest to keep.
    I'm fairly certain that they broadcast eggs and fertilize. It is a very rare event in an aquarium and only happens on large very well maintained systems. Most likely your skimmer would pick up all the eggs that the corals didn't consume. Chances of reproduction in a closed environment would be pretty minimal.

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    Sorry guys I was a little uhh....wasted last night when I logged on LOL

    OK, Gigas are harder to find, get huge but seem just about the hardiest.
    Second I'd say is a tossup between squamosa and derasa.
    third is the maxima
    and dead last the awesome looking but short lived (in my expierience with lots of them) crocea


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    Quote Originally Posted by Reefkoi View Post
    Sorry guys I was a little uhh....wasted last night when I logged on LOL

    OK, Gigas are harder to find, get huge but seem just about the hardiest.
    Second I'd say is a tossup between squamosa and derasa.
    third is the maxima
    and dead last the awesome looking but short lived (in my expierience with lots of them) crocea
    Are the Gigas too big for a 125gal? When I was reading last night some say they'll grow from 2" to 6" in a year. That's alot. And are the Maximas too hard for a midlevel reefer with T5's? I like the color on those the best.

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    Gigas do grow fast, you'll want a big open spot for it, eventually it will have to come out of the 125 so I'd pass.

    Maximas are great, I have a few ORA's 2 blues and 1 gold, they don't grow too fast but they've held their color better than any other clams I've had.
    Try to get a hold of an ORA maxima if you can.......


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    I like my squamosa for holding colors. It has grown about 2" in a year, but the colors haven't fade at all.
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