Cleaner Clams?

SWfreshmen31

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Does anybody have cleaner clams??? I saw them on saltwater fish and was wondering if anyone has any and if they need the high power lighting that onther clams do.
Thanks.:;hurryb
 

sirdarksol

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Do you know the Latin name of the type of clam, or even the common name? Most clams feed at least in part by filtering the water column, and thus can be called "cleaner" clams.
 
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SWfreshmen31

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Mercenaria mercenaria... Weird it's the same thing twice
 

sirdarksol

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I don't believe they grow algae colonies, so they shouldn't need high light outputs.
The one thing I'm not sure about is that this is the quahog, which is often found buried in sand beds during low tide. I don't know if they need the shift between high and low tide to survive for a long time. They may not, though. It's just something to look into.

They do need sand to bury themselves in.

Pretty much any bivalve (oysters, mussels, etc...) can do the same thing. Most of the smaller ones survive on filtration without the need for high light.
 
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SWfreshmen31

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Oh cool thanks
 
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SWfreshmen31

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Maybe the pic will help?
 

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