Substrate For Golden Clams

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I have a nicely planted, hard water 20 gallon for my mollies and would like to add a clam. The tank has standard gravel, I'm wondering if that's fine enough for clams? I could add a patch of dirt/sand since they don't seem to travel far, if at all. But how do you siphon during water changes and not lose all the fine substrate, doesn't it shoot up the tube?
 

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I suppose it would depend on the size of gravel. The problem with adding sand is that it will eventually settle underneath the gravel. Here's a quick video of someone else's clam digging into pea gravel just fine:
 
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scarface said:
I suppose it would depend on the size of gravel. The problem with adding sand is that it will eventually settle underneath the gravel. Here's a quick video of someone else's clam digging into pea gravel just fine:
This is great, thanks!

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It doesn't have to be sand but something but similar to ECO Plus or fluval stratum I use ECO Plus
Thanks Zigi, this looks like my tank!
 

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Some people also reccomend having them in a small container filled with sand, for ease with target feeding and removal if it dies.
 
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aussieJJDude said:
Some people also reccomend having them in a small container filled with sand, for ease with target feeding and removal if it dies.
Good idea! I ordered two so I'll experiment.
 

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