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BCT182

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I was wondering how I might be able to make my clam remove himself? It fell down on its side and had now attached to a rock getting very limited light and hardly visible in the tank. I tried to move him but his stringy glands are attached. Can I cut them?
Brett
 

wrightme43

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If you can possibly move the rock I would. It is a lot safer. I have seen the bysyall (sp) threads cut. It is not recomended, but if the alternitive is death, it is better to try, in my opinion. A very sharp razor blade, and paintence. Cut them as far away from the clam as you can possibley get. Even better would be a scalpel. Dont pull him off or pull hard on the threads. HTH Steve
 

gobie

dave the gobie
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If The Rock Is Not Moveable I Wil Give You Instructions On How To Move The Clam.if Your Clam Is Attached To Substrate And Or Rock Wor Great Car Should Be Taken When Detaching It. Lift Shell Gentely Do Not Break Any Of The Threads This Will Will Usuall Result In Death Of Clam! Use A Sharp Knife And Cut The Threads As Close To The Substrate Or Rock As Possiable. Donot, Do Not Cut Close To Shell Or You Could Cut The Byssal Gland. I Hope This Helps If Not Drop Clams Driect An Email And I Know They Will Help You Out, Good Luck.
 

WaterDogs

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Before cutting try working the clam free like a loose tooth, then if it doesn't let go which a lot of clams do let go this way then cut as close to the rock as you can with a X-Acto type knife or single edge razor blade.
 

jlehigh

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The less foot damage the better. I actually had a rock fall and the foot completely pulled off of my Crocea, but it actually pulled through without visible stress signs.

Be patient and as delicate as possible..
 

Angelscrx

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My clam attached to the bootom of the glass as I have a shallow sand bed. I wanted to ask this question when it came tiome to move but I am glad someone else did. I was going to try and shave the foot along the glass by pushing on it and seeing if it will remove itself or use a razor.
 
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