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Old 05/14/2018, 08:47 AM   #1
teddscau
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Giant Clam Safety?

Hey guys, I'm planning on putting two pairs of dragonface pipefish in my new 90g reef tank (I'm not getting the pipefish until next summer). I'm designing it to be a freaking oasis for them. Lots of places to hide, good circulation without being overwhelming, macroalgae and a bit of sea grass (still need to order those plants...), non-photosynthetic gorgonians, lots of copepods, etc.

Anyways, I was hoping to put a clam in the tank. However, I read that pipefish can accidentally startle the clam, causing it to clamp shut on them, causing both the pipefish and clam to die. Is this fear mongering, or is it legit? Should I skip the clam? I've always wanted a giant clam, but if it could hurt my (future) pipefish...


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Old 05/14/2018, 08:49 AM   #2
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Oops! I meant photosynthetic gorgonians!


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Old 05/14/2018, 11:29 AM   #3
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I know clams are not safe with seahorses but I am not sure how real the risk is with pipefish.


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Old 05/15/2018, 06:13 AM   #4
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I'd skip the clam. My dragonface lay all over everything, and they still use their tail to hold onto things. I think they would face the same or worse danger than seahorses.


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Old 05/15/2018, 08:14 AM   #5
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Darn, I kind of wanted a clam, but you're the one with the pipefish, so you'd know .


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Old 05/15/2018, 09:50 AM   #6
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Well I don't have a clam so it isn't definitive.

But dragonfaces almost never are freely swimming they drape and dangle and even when they have their torso up to get something they usually have a tail on something for balance type thing.


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