Clam Rocks: A Natural Footing
Why does AlgaeBarn like Clam Rocks?
Tridacnid clams inhabit shallow reef environments where they find easy access to bright illumination. These habitats promote growth of the clam’s symbiotic algae (and, therefore, growth of the clam itself). However, these shallow areas are also exposed to very strong currents and wave action. In order to avoid being swept up and carried away into the depths, these clams (like many other clams) secure themselves tightly to a hard substrate. Attachment is made with durable little tethers known as byssal threads. As clams grow and their shells repeatedly grind into the rock surface, they often bore small depressions; they may nestle deeply into these pockets for even more protection. Clam Rocks are ready-made rock features that are specially designed to provide a natural looking base for captive tridacnid clams.
With a perfect fit and attachment surface, Clam Rocks increase the odds of your clams’ survival by protecting them from fatal falls and even predation!
Clam Rock Information:
Clam Rocks are made from natural reef rock that is sustainably extracted in Florida. A clam-shaped depression is carved into each piece. They are available as whole, uncut pieces or as double-cut pieces. Cut Clam Rocks provide a stable, extra-low profile (especially when placed on the tank bottom); uncut Clam Rocks offer a more naturalistic appearance.
While each piece is truly unique, Clam Rocks are available in three size ranges:
- Small 3-6 inches
- Medium 7-11 inches
- Large 12-17 inches
Please contact us to inquire about extra large pieces!
Clam Rock Key Benefits:
- 1. They are shaped perfectly for use as clam bases, facilitating establishment of clams in aquaria.
- 2. The small depression gives added comfort and protection to the clam.
- 3. They reduce underside access to predators/parasites.
- 4. They are natural in composition and appearance.
- 5. Because they are dry and sterile, they pose no risk of introducing unwanted hitchhikers.
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