Keeping scallops and clams

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    Gdbyrd life's a beach

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    My lfs got a big shipment in of scallops. They are gorgeous! They told me I could put one in my tank now. I know better. But after looking at them I think I will eventually want one. How difficult are they to keep?

    What about clams?

    I know they need really good lighting and I am Pretty sure they filter feed.

    Are muscles at like the 1 year mark? Or can you try at around 6 months like corals?
     
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    They need to be target fed. Do you really want to take the time to do it?
     
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    they are very difficult, dont get em, buy a clam they are easier.
     
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    Gdbyrd life's a beach

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    Thanks. I was wondering how the care was. Lfs made it sound like a coral that you just target feed every great once in awhile. I knew that wasn't right. But didn't know how far off.

    With most clams, what are the care requirements?
     
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    if you get a clam, just get some oyster feast from reef nutrition and put some of that in your tank. the clam will be good. clams also take out nitrates from your tank too.
     
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    You also need high lighting for clams.

    I think MH or at least t5's and put the guy higher in the tank
     
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    oh yeah, def high light. MH are best
     
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    That new light you got will be great for a clam.
    And you wont have to worry about feeding it unless you get ones thats real small,under 2 inchs.
     
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    You can get a squamosa clam and they only need moderate lighting. I only have VHO`s.

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    Scallops are an almost guranteed fatality within a month or two, they're just too tough to keep. Go with the squamie
     
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    Yeah, very few people are able to keep scallops alive for more than a couple weeks, let alone months. Clams are a much better choice.
     
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    Man that's messed up. My LFS has about 20 of them there..and I'm sure they're expensive..this is the place that sells cleaner shrimp for $40..and yellow tangs are almost $90..
     
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    If u buy a scallop u are basacly putting it through the hollocst. ( however I spell it). I target fed mine every day. He still died. That was also with me adding live phytoplankton to the tank too. And alot of it. There are no exceptions the scallop will die. Not to mention that flame scallops hide also. But clams are great. I used to have one until my supper natrial cleaner wrassie started picking at him. If u have a cleaner wrassie witch hopfully u don't clams are not too hard to take care of. Good luck
     
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    For the past 2 years I bet I've tried a least 6 different scallops. The electric scallops are very cool. All died within a month. I have quite trying.
     
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