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Mark L.
05-08-2011, 08:39 PM
Does anyone know what kind of clams these are? Also are they reef safe? Took the wife and kids to Crystal Beach this weekend for mother's day. There were big areas where there were thousands of these in the sand. The waves would wash the sand off of them and then you could watch them dig back down.

Well the kids begged to bring a few home for the tank. We brought a few home in some sand from the beach. When we got home I poured the GoM water out and added some fresh SW I have made. I rinsed them and the sand about 5-6 times until it was crystal clear. I have them in this container with an air stone. So are they ok to add to my tank? Are they beneficial at all or will they just disappear into the sand? Thanks for any info!

Here's some pics....
http://www.lstwo.com/images/12485439164412479677.jpg

http://www.lstwo.com/images/82993618317759587243.jpg

http://www.lstwo.com/images/68148611857630663882.jpg

This is the only pic online I could find that shows exactly what they look like when they bury in the sand.
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/bay/cblife/benthos/brackish_water_clam_large.gif

fishboyt
05-08-2011, 09:36 PM
Those look like they are either gooey ducks (Freshwater), or scallops.

Mark L.
05-08-2011, 09:43 PM
Those look like they are either gooey ducks (Freshwater), or scallops.

All I have found for scallops look like the pic below. The shells definitely don't look like that. Don't think they are gooey ducks since I got these from the beach in Galveston. LOL

http://image.shutterstock.com/display_pic_with_logo/596908/596908,1290753131,16/stock-photo-live-scallops-66143233.jpg

soymilk
05-09-2011, 02:50 AM
Species Name is Mercenaria mercenaria texana

They sell them online and in stores as "Cleaner Clams". They are suppose to help consume Nitrate. They will burrow in your sand. You will need a sorta deep sand bed. If these things stay alive, you will prob really never seem them except for their little tube that sticks out the sand. I bought some once, but after a few weeks they died. Im not sure if they had enough to eat since they are filter feeders, or whatever other reason.

Another note, i believe up north they are used to make clam chowder. So.... put them in your tank or make a nice chowder. Not bad choices lol.

Mark L.
05-09-2011, 11:00 AM
Species Name is Mercenaria mercenaria texana

They sell them online and in stores as "Cleaner Clams". They are suppose to help consume Nitrate. They will burrow in your sand. You will need a sorta deep sand bed. If these things stay alive, you will prob really never seem them except for their little tube that sticks out the sand. I bought some once, but after a few weeks they died. Im not sure if they had enough to eat since they are filter feeders, or whatever other reason.

Another note, i believe up north they are used to make clam chowder. So.... put them in your tank or make a nice chowder. Not bad choices lol.

Awesome, Thanks Soy. I'll add them too the tank and see how they do. My sand should be deep enough for them. I'll pass on eating them right now. :lol:

TexanReef
05-10-2011, 12:53 PM
Growing up we called them coquina clams. Might get more information with that name if the ID is correct.