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Old 06-09-2009, 09:28 PM   #1
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Maxima Clam Placement


I know the internet is loaded with Maxima clam placement questions, but I still am unsure. I recently had a crocea clam die on me (pinched mantle, never should have bought the specimen). Anyways, today I got a maxima and squamossa. I have a 46 gallon (20 inch depth) tank with nova extreme lights (6 x 39w T5 with individual reflectors). The maxima initially opened all the way up but is currently only showing a little bit of his mantle. I have him positioned in the sand right now with a small rock underneath him. Do you think he can live in the sand or should I move him up now. He is fairly small (2-2.5 inches). I will try and post pictures, any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:07 PM   #2
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maxima are high-light calms, I'd think you'll be better off moving it up in the rock work. The squamosa is fine in the sand.
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:17 AM   #3
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:55 AM   #4
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Question: Clam placement?
Answer: Wherever they want to go.

I agree though, the Max is going to need to be in the middle to top of the tank. My squammie is very happy in the sand. Plus, at 16+ inches max size... rocks will not give it enough support. IMO.
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The maxima initially opened all the way up but is currently only showing a little bit of his mantle.

May have too much flow on him. could end up detaching from his rock and start moving around. Not real good for a Max. They can and do, but there could be 'foot' damage.
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I would move the maxima towards the top, they are light lovers, you could probably get away with it lower if you had halides but with a nova extreme you are going to want to move it up, even with individual reflectors. imho
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Old 06-10-2009, 01:46 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone for the help. The maxima looks much better today. He has started to attach to the rock I put under him. Later today or tommorrow when he looks more attached I will move him up. Thanks again.
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One other quick question. The lighting unit currently has 3 x 10k bulbs and 3 x 460 actnic. I have read online about people switching to 4 x 10k. Do you think this would be beneficial to the clam? Thanks.
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is 75 for a teardrop maxima clam a good price or not......my local pet store has one.
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Old 08-02-2009, 07:56 PM   #10
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is 75 for a teardrop maxima clam a good price or not......my local pet store has one.
Depends on size and color. I would pay that much for a great or unique looking 5" teardrop, a teardrop with lackluster color I would expect 6-7".
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Hi have my Maxima under 6 x 54W nearly at the bottom and it's doing great and growing well.
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Old 08-09-2009, 01:57 AM   #12
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i still think maximas need halides. i'm sure a lot of people don't agree with me but i just don't think the bright colored clams thrive without them.
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