Tip of the Day – 3/1/2011


Even though Tridacnid clams are photosynthetic, they thrive in environments with excess nitrogen. I’m not suggesting that you fill your aquarium with algae-fueling nitrates, but studies have shown that juvenile clams grow significantly faster with nitrogen enrichment. The nitrogen feeds Zooxanthella living in the clam’s tissues, which then provides more energy to the juvenile clam. This frees up a significant amount of energy for the clam to use for growing.


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