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    I'd recommend a Deressa or Squamosa as a starter. What kind of lighting do you have? Some require more than others.
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    Threadfin

    Hasn't lost anything at all. gets along with all my fish including Chromis.
    I8CYNO. you could go with a DEREASA or SQUAMOSA if you tank is mature. You have enough light [barely] but should be okay. How old is your tank. I recommend at least 1 year or older. You will have to dose additives as they do grow big and use up lots of Callcium.

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    didn't see your post susan[what she said]

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    Derasa and Squamosa clams are easier to care for than the Maxima and Crocea's...
    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

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    Derasa'a are good beginner clams. I had one that grew really quickly til the EVIL SLIME WORM got it!
    Gail in Nova Scotia

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    Question

    You mean your tank needs to be at least one year old before you get some clams? Why would that be?

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    some tanks might mature quicker than others[lots of differences such as size,rock amount DSB etc] and a mature tank has usually undergone chemical balancing and cyno/hair algea troubles plus a multitude of other things. To some degree the tank is also making its own food[certain phyto/eggs/etc] coming from the rocks/sand bed. I also find that a year into the tank the hobbiest has moved up that learning curve of mistakes and messing around with aquascaping. Clams like to find there opptimum spot and not be moved because they do not adjust as easy to light/water conditions as easily as most corals/fish. There is just a ton of more info on this but I use 1 year as a bar for myself and from what I read thats a good measure.

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    Just one thing to add to what Johnny said about clams needing a mature tank. Clams don't tollerate fluctuations in water chemistry very well at all. They like stability, especially in temperature and salinity but also with calcium and alkalinity.
    Susan

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    hmmm.... that's good to know since I've never had clams before and since I set up my tank in June 2003. Also, I guess, I only own a 33 Gal. so I might want to move up the ranks a little. Being a student, I find it expensive so it takes me awhile before I get what I want.....
    Thanks guys!

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    My tank is 5 months old...

    Do you guys think its to soon for a clam?

    My levels are pretty stable though.

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