The ricordia is attached to the top of the shell. When the ric opens up, it almost covers the shell and the mantle. As I said, the clam is very small. I will do some "surgury" and try to remove some of the ricordia so that I can reposition the rock. As it stands now, the clam is pointing directly downward.
As I said before, I originally bought the rock for the ricordia. The clam was certainly a surprise. I have no idea if it is healthy or not.
In the past, I use to acclimate everything before putting it in the tank. When I had purchased some corals from different sources and stores, they would tell me not to acclimate the corals because the slim build up in the bag could kill the coral. I had 3 different places tell me that acclimating corals was not necessary.
So, when I bought the ricordia rock, guess what, I didn't acclimate it. I did float the bag so that the temperature would equalize, but that was about it. Who knew that there would be a clam in ricordia. So I am afraid that not acclimating the ricordia rock would have shocked the clam.
If anybody has the time and patience to come over and help me with this, I would make it worth your while. I am in Ypsilanti. The sooner the better. I am afraid of disturbing the ricordia and killing the clam in the process.
I will try today to see if I can get the ricordia off the vital places on the rock.