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how do I convince a clam to let go of rock? I can't get to the foot and I'm not breaking the rock.. will blocking light make it want to move? giving it too much flow? any ideas? I don't want to risk the health/life of the clam, so all ideas must me harmless for the clam.

 

it's down in a hole shaped rock and I think I need to move it.. I'd really like to have it attach to something like a plug so I can move it without having to worry about the foot.

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the crocea (left) is the clam I'm talking about

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here is another shot that shows the rock a little more

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as you can see it's in a little hole, I really like the placement but I'm not sure it has room for growth, and I'm not really sure it can open up all the way as it is already.. it seems to be happy where it is, but I think I'd like to put something under its foot so I can move it if I need to..

 

thoughts?

 

should I just let it be?

 

Thanks,

Garrett

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Good luck with that. You will have to cut the byssal threads, without cutting the foot, to get a clam to detach. If you don't really know what you are doing it could be really easy to hurt the clam. IMO, it is best to leave it as is. You could maybe try breaking up the rock and get a smaller, more manageable, piece that the clam is already attached to.

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Looks happy and opened up as far as it needs to be, to me. As Zeph has stated before, a healthy clam

doesn't need to open as wide as a clam that needs to get more light. Yours both look great!

You may want to try gently, and I mean gently, rocking it very slightly to see if it loosens up. 2 cents.

 

W-

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Good luck with that. You will have to cut the byssal threads, without cutting the foot, to get a clam to detach. If you don't really know what you are doing it could be really easy to hurt the clam. IMO, it is best to leave it as is. You could maybe try breaking up the rock and get a smaller, more manageable, piece that the clam is already attached to.

yeah, I've been googling and coming up with stuff on other forums but most of it goes against my better judgement..

 

Looks happy and opened up as far as it needs to be, to me. As Zeph has stated before, a healthy clam

doesn't need to open as wide as a clam that needs to get more light. Yours both look great!

 

You may want to try gently, and I mean gently, rocking it very slightly to see if it loosens up. 2 cents.

 

W-

 

 

it certainly is a happy clam, I just worry about future growth more than anything. I know it's a "rock boring clam" so it probably isn't even an issue..

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Cutting the byssal threads can kill a clam if you mess it up. Even pulling on them too hard can kill a clam.

 

The only way you will move that clam is if it lets go on its own, or you break the rock so you can access the very end of the threads.

 

(This is why I put a flat frag disc under my clam.)

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Cutting the byssal threads can kill a clam if you mess it up. Even pulling on them too hard can kill a clam.

 

The only way you will move that clam is if it lets go on its own, or you break the rock so you can access the very end of the threads.

 

(This is why I put a flat frag disc under my clam.)

 

Well, cutting it isn't even an option, neither is breaking the rock. I'm looking for a way to make it want to move on its own.. It's no rush really, more of a future concern..

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If you point a powehead at it, it might get pissed off enough to detach itself. My maxima did that, dropper her foot and moved.

 

The ice theory is for an anemone I believe. Not a clam.

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Perfect time to try g!
I don't even know if I can get ice down there.. I'm more inclined to try hitting it with flow or moving it to a low light area of the tank for a week. I know it always detached from the glass in my last tank when I turned down the lights (from frying coral :lol:)
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If you are worried about future growth, don't be. It'll be fine where it is.

You don't think it could be an issue down the road?

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Dont u dare move that clam. Croceas LOVE to be in holes!!

I knew that, which is why I initially put it there, but seeing it not be able to fully open kinda worried me.. but it does throw it's mantle out really well..

 

thanks Zeph!

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Dont u dare move that clam. Croceas LOVE to be in holes!!

 

My thoughts exactly; I have also seen people lose their croceas because they moved the clam after it had already settled in. Just be happy your crocea is healthy and work around it rather than move it somewhere else.

 

If you are worried about future growth, don't be. It'll be fine where it is.

 

Agree with this as well. Of all the clams that bore, croceas are one of the absolute best at it. They will make themselves room when the time comes.

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