Jump to content
Shark Fighter

Hole in clam?

Recommended Posts

Shark Fighter

I am still fairly new to keeping clams, my first and only clam is a Tridacna Derasa I've had for just a month and a half now. It has been doing very well all this time until this morning when I noticed it seemed a bit more closed than usual. Taking a closer look I noticed what appears to be a hole near the hinge directly behind the mouth. I can look into it's mouth and see straight through to the other side with light shining through. Is it ok? I've never noticed the hole before and I'm worried one of my crabs might have had a go at it.

 

IMG_0293_1.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
metrokat

A hole is not normal, the byssal threads may have been cut and it is showing stress. Has the clam always been on it's side like this picture?

Share this post


Link to post
Shark Fighter

No, it used to be pointed upward at a 45 degree angle. Come to think of it this morning I removed a pair of urchins from my tank because they kept knocking my frags over, and one of them was on the rock directly behind the clam. I must have inadvertently bumped the rock and pushed him forwards enough to pop the byssal threads loose.

 

Is there anything I can do to help him? He does seem stressed and I'm worried about him being able to feed with such a large hole.

Share this post


Link to post
gonebad395

No, it used to be pointed upward at a 45 degree angle. Come to think of it this morning I removed a pair of urchins from my tank because they kept knocking my frags over, and one of them was on the rock directly behind the clam. I must have inadvertently bumped the rock and pushed him forwards enough to pop the byssal threads loose.

 

Is there anything I can do to help him? He does seem stressed and I'm worried about him being able to feed with such a large hole.

once his foot is attached I don't think a urchin could knock it over I could be wrong. I know any I've owned once they grabbed hold they held on hard. I think the falling over and release of the foot lays with the whole in the clam just not doing good.

No, it used to be pointed upward at a 45 degree angle. Come to think of it this morning I removed a pair of urchins from my tank because they kept knocking my frags over, and one of them was on the rock directly behind the clam. I must have inadvertently bumped the rock and pushed him forwards enough to pop the byssal threads loose.

 

Is there anything I can do to help him? He does seem stressed and I'm worried about him being able to feed with such a large hole.

once his foot is attached I don't think a urchin could knock it over I could be wrong. I know any I've owned once they grabbed hold they held on hard. I think the falling over and release of the foot lays with the whole in the clam just not doing good.

Share this post


Link to post
Shark Fighter

once his foot is attached I don't think a urchin could knock it over I could be wrong. I know any I've owned once they grabbed hold they held on hard. I think the falling over and release of the foot lays with the whole in the clam just not doing good. once his foot is attached I don't think a urchin could knock it over I could be wrong. I know any I've owned once they grabbed hold they held on hard. I think the falling over and release of the foot lays with the whole in the clam just not doing good.

I sure hope so.

 

The urchin was on the backside of the rock and I may have pushed the rock slightly forward trying to grab him, but in any case I was very gentle since I didn't want my hand skewered by an urchin spine. I'm always very careful around the clam but that's the only time I've stuck my hands in the tank for a long time so it must have been my fault somehow.

 

I pulled the clam out and confirmed that there's a small hole where the byssal gland should be. It must have attached to the bottom glass but try as I might I couldn't find the remains of the foot. So I found a small cup shaped piece of rubble rock to use as a makeshift hammock and put it back in its spot. Really hoping this little guy pull through.

Share this post


Link to post
gonebad395

I sure hope so.

 

The urchin was on the backside of the rock and I may have pushed the rock slightly forward trying to grab him, but in any case I was very gentle since I didn't want my hand skewered by an urchin spine. I'm always very careful around the clam but that's the only time I've stuck my hands in the tank for a long time so it must have been my fault somehow.

 

I pulled the clam out and confirmed that there's a small hole where the byssal gland should be. It must have attached to the bottom glass but try as I might I couldn't find the remains of the foot. So I found a small cup shaped piece of rubble rock to use as a makeshift hammock and put it back in its spot. Really hoping this little guy pull through.

hope so too keep us updated it always sucks to lose livestock

Share this post


Link to post
Shark Fighter

So just an update, my clam appears to be doing much better now. It didn't seem to like the stupid hammock idea so I tossed it and just buried the clam as deep as I could in the sand bed facing straight upwards. After a few days it slowly started opening more and more and now it actually looks happier than before. I've never seen the mantle open so much. Haven't checked to see it it's attached yet but I don't want to bother it as long as it's happy.

 

It's still in the exact same spot as before, so I'm not sure what stressed it out to begin with. Maybe I bumped it too hard or maybe it just didn't like the angle it was at. In either case I appreciate all the concern. I'll continue to keep an eye on it but for now it looks like it's going to be fine.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recommended Discussions

×
×
  • Create New...