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  1. badxgillen

    Clam Eating Yellow Tang

    So frustrated!!! I have had a couple clam deaths recently, and as many of you clam owners know, after having one for a number of years you have a sort of sentimental attachment to them and I just Love clams in general. I checked parameters, for polyclad flat worms, and for irritating crabs or other inverts and found none. When my crocea died and the only clam left was my Squamosa clam I was Pssd. I started looking at the big picture and thought maybe, just maybe, a fish was doing this. Odd thing is the only fish in the tank are 1 percula clown, 1 yellow coris wrasse, 1 blue hipo tang, 1 blue mandarin dragonette, a bastardy pair of yellow clown gobies, and 1 yellow tang.All these fish have been model citizens and had been in the system for over a year and a half, and i had had them for anywhere from an additional half year to 4 years before that with no pre convictions of Tridacnid assault. Over the last few days I have noticed my large Squamosa retracting its mantle very frequently and my Yellow Tang just sticking around that particular area but I never saw anything bad happen. I decided to setup a visual block with one of my chairs and layed in wait to see if anything would happen differently in the tank had I not been in the room. Sure enough my dirty yellow tang starts first towards my platygyra and then right at the clam mantle, Chomp Munch!... ARGHH!!! I have tried catching him via net, luring him via line, and corralling him to one corner but in this tank with all this rock and coral it is almost futile and I am no stranger to catching fish. I was at it for quite some time yesterday and all that happened is the tang is even more wise to me and my methods. I need a fish trap and bad. I am a big DIY Guy so I grabbed the dremel and some zip ties and found the nearest plastic container I could use for the project. BRS Soda Ash, and went to work. Gotta figure a mount system and get it in the tank to acclimate him to it but I am optimistic this time around. I will see about getting some pictures later on, right now I am kinda frustrated still. Losing an older clam is never easy.