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HELP with baby clam!

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I am new to clam keeping. I JUST bought a 3-4" duresa about a week ago and it is currently doing fine.

I bought a rock with about 12 ricordia polyps on it. When I inspected it today, I noticed that one of the ricordia is planted on top of a baby clam. The clam might be about 1" or maybe smaller. When the ricordia opens up, it kinda hides/spreads over the clam.

When I looked carefully, I could see the clam was open. The mantle looked brown with white spots. But it was very difficult to see as the clam did not open much. The shell has ridges, it might be a squamosa??? I do not know.

Here is my problem. The clam is positioned such that if I reposition the rock so the clam is facing up to get light, then I will squash some of the ricordia.

I cannot pry the clam out of the rock. One of its valves is entirely buried in the rock.

Is there a way to remove the ricordias without damaging/killing them so that I can reposition the rock?

I tried target feeding it today, but it just shut up tight. I've read you are supposed to target feed baby clams.

Any suggestions for this newbie would be GREATLY appreciated!!! I would love to save this clam if it is within my abilities.

Please help ASAP!!![-bigmouth]
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Hi Rook

I think you got confused reading my post. I own a 3-4" deresa. But the clam I am asking for help is a 1" squamosa(?) attached to the ricordia rock. It is not even the size of a quarter.

Hope this helps.
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.

Thanks guys!

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I had made a similar post to clamdirect.

Folks there seem to think the clam could just be a scallop or some other bivalve, but definately not a tridacna clam because of where ricordias are usually collected.

Either way, just to be safe, I will try to save the clam and give it optimal conditions until I can figure out what it is exactly.

I will be trying to cut the ricordia off the top half of the bivalve shell. Currently, I repositioned it so that it is sitting directly pointing up, or close to it. It is also on the highest rock in my tank so it is nearest the light source. I am only using 4 x 65 watt (2 daylight, 2 actinics) in a 75 gallon tank.

Any advice on how to cut away a ricordia or mushroom? How will I reattach it....rubberband, glue???

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For any of you folks interested, here is a picture of the clam


Remember, it is about the size of a quarter. The lights were already off in the tank when I took this pic.
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