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    Acclimation process for clams?

    I'm looking at getting a clam over the internet what is the best way to acclimate these guys?
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    I acclimated mine just like I would a fish with the drip acclimation method for 1.5 hours or so and then floated container in tank for another 40 min or so to temp acclimate. Then pulled it out of the cotainer and placed it on the sand bed. It was a big container thats why 40 minutes to temp acclimate. A smalller clam you can put in a smaller bag and temp acclimate probably in 20 minutes or so.
    Thats what I did.

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    Just like you acclimate anything else. Either set it up on a drip, or just float it and add a little bit of your water every 15 minutes for at least an hour. The more you care about it, and the more stress it had during shipping, the longer you should acclimate. When I buy things local, I only acclimate for about a half hour adding water every 10 minutes.
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    clams should NEVER be allowed to make contact with open air. yes u can get away with it but its risky and can kill the clam. same for sponges. always keep them fully submerged throughout the entire process.

    personally i would use a bag to scoop them out of the acclimation bucket/bin and submerge the bag while i pull it out of the bag then seal the bag so not much water escapes to the DT in case your worried about adding store/shipping water.
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    Hey Darth!
    Nah, that's not true about the air. Clams get exposed to the air all the time as the tides come and go. Even the ones in the store that are sold for food are still alive and can be put back into water after being out for days.

    Here is a picture of my T.Gigas just after acclimation and going into the system. I Acclimate with the drip method just as IPisces does except I do not float the bag at the end because I float it while dripping in the sump. This one needed a large volume of water added slowly. It came in a dry bag due to shipping problems. It was shipped out of water for two days and stuck in ups for a night before I was able to get it. Still growing strong now in it new home and is over 14"

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    yah i think people are just worried about air being trapped inside them. all that ive read says that if air gets trapped under the flesh it can kill them. nice clam

    clam question do you think 2X250w 14k mh with 2 55W t5's over a 24" high tank is enough light for clams? and would i be able to keep it in the lower half of the tank ok? thinking of getting a few maximas
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    That is what I had over the tank in that picture. I did step it up to 400w 20k later and did away with the T5's. I liked the crisp blue/white I was able to get out of Radium's at 400w.
    Here is your setup your talking about:
    And 400w 20k
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    nice tank. clam got huge thanks for the info will def be getting a few. now just gotta make sure where i put them isnt too much flow.
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    Even if air did happen to get stuck inside you can fix that quick with a turkey baster.
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