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ghostgr

So since i cant have an anemone as all my corals are glued down and i worry about the nem stinging my corals i am thinking of a clam. What clams are good and dont get too big that even at its maximum soze itd still be comfortable in my tank? I will have daves leds here soon so my lighting should be sufficient.

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tetraodon

What size biocube, what other live stock do you have, im not familiar with daves leds so I cant help you there, do you dose, if so what?

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ghostgr

Livestock is 2 clowns various lps couple of sps and zoas. Also cuc consists of nassarius, astrea, trochus, and hermits. Its the 29.

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tetraodon

Id think youd be ok, but I would check about the par levels from that light

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ghostgr

Id have to find someone with a par meter. I cant justify that kind of money for a one time use. Lol

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tetraodon

ask around here or ask the guy who made, might be more simple

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SquishyFishy

Are you speaking of Dave as in Nano Box light? Par should be dynamite.

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Cameron6796

Yeah nano box will be more then enough.

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gulfsurfer101

Clams require a lot in such small tanks. Lighting alone isn't enough. They prefer a dirty tank with lots of fish to create fish waste so overstocked is good in this case. Next, if your not dosing calcium now would be the time to look into it. Keeping your calcium at our above 500 is a good start, but tricky. You have to monitor your magnesium and elevate it slightly to maintain high calcium levels. People say clams don't need suplementle feedings if they have proper lighting. This is a lie. They do well with phytoplankton and zooplankton available in the water column at all times. This can be tricky in small tanks, but can be done.

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TotesMaGoat

Had this crocea in my 28 nanocube under a 150w mh for a year without any dosing

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Jwilken02

Had this crocea in my 28 nanocube under a 150w mh for a year without any dosing

I had a similar set up with a 29g Biocube with a 150w MH and never dosed anything. I had two clownfish in the tank with the clam and just spot fed the clam every few days. From my experience I didn't have a single problem and actually saw great growth in my clam over the year I had it.

 

I have no experience though keeping clams under LEDs, was always done under MH lighting but with my new build will be trying it under LEDs. So keep us posted on how it goes!

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ReefWeeds

So since i cant have an anemone as all my corals are glued down and i worry about the nem stinging my corals i am thinking of a clam. What clams are good and dont get too big that even at its maximum soze itd still be comfortable in my tank? I will have daves leds here soon so my lighting should be sufficient.

I have one of Dave's large retrofit kits in my biocube 29. It puts out quite a bit of light that's for sure. I wouldn't worry about light being an issue. But give it a few months as you're going to need to slowly acclimate the rest of your corals to the nanobox, otherwise you run the risk of burning them. So start low, 25% intensity and bump up 5% per week. Once you have everything at a higher intensity, then think about getting the clam.

And you will need to dose part I&II if you aren't already.

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chlorinated

I have a 5 inch durassa in my IM 8 gallon. Been int he tank for 2 years, started out at 2 inches. Only have 1 clown and run the Razor nano over my tank (10% W, 50% B max). I do have large all demands but as long as I dose I've had no issues.

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Mkus

I have a durassa in a 14 gal with LEDs 6 months ..

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zsxking

I have a maxima clam in cadlight 18G for 2 years. It cycled through stock light + wavepoint 12" led, 50W Chinese LED, to currently Kessil A160WE. It has always been doing fine, and grown from 2 inch to 3.5 inch now. I don't think it is hard to satisfy in terms of light.

 

But it is hard to maintain parameters in such small tank. Interestingly, I can never test my calcium to any number other than 440, no matter dose kalk or not. But I do now need to doing lots of kalk to maintain alkalinity. The ATO is full strength kalk now and it barely keep alkalinity in line. I will probably need to enhance ATO kalk strength with vinegar later.

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uwharrie

Love your tank!

 

I have a durassa in a 14 gal with LEDs 6 months ..

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IronChefItaly

Everyone above is definitely on point. All LEDs are different so 200+ par is about the best guideline. I'd recommend 15-20% weekly water changes in addition to an ATO + kalk for long term success. Clams don't need swimming space, they just need a good position where they are in relatively little flow but high light. I recommend 6 months of tank maturity for a maxima or crocea clam as they can be a bit touchy.

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Mkus

Love your tank!

Thanks just turned 8yo!!!

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ballz739

What about Manila Clams?

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Pancetta

What about Manila Clams?

Those are good with Linguine.

Love your tank!

 

Yea, really nice tank. One of the most colorful biocubes I have seen.

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Felicia

A derasa or a squamosa clam would be the best best in terms of being the most hardy/easy to care for. However, they also grow fastest and will eventually get pretty large. If you have a NanoBox LED, my guess is that you'd have enough light for a maxima or crocea up on the rock structure. Gold maximas require less light than the blue maximas. You definitely want to have some nutrients in the water for clams, so you don't want to over filter. I'd shoot for around 5 ppm of nitrate. Also, as others have mentioned, you'll definitely want to maintain your alk and Ca levels. A doser is the easiest way to do this. Once clams start growing, they can consume Alk and Ca really quickly.

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OesteUno

Had this crocea in my 28 nanocube under a 150w mh for a year without any dosing

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Very nice!

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HarryPotter

Very nice!

Trying to get enough posts to post in hardware classifieds? Read the rules one more time ;)

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