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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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Ricordia is very good at repositioning itself if it has a chance. It would be difficult if was buried to do so but I have had ricordia flip around with ease so position the rock to benefit the clam. Even if you prop the rock up just barely off the substrate, the ricordia will eventually right itself. I have done this quite a few times to get a rock positioned just right with the ricordia on it. I also put some flatter pieces next to the rock, just in case the ricordia want to move off the original rock. I realize you don't want to risk flipping the rock so make sure the original rock is stable. Hope this helps and hey congrats on the baby...clam that is!
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