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Default Treating Your Clam for Pinched Mantle

A friend of mine was breaking down his tank and gave me this clam. I noticed that it was suffering from a severe case of pinched mantle. My first thought was that this guy would be gone in a couple of days. Then, I remembered reading about treating clams with freshwater.

I will list out the step that I took to treat the clam.

Step 1 Make RO/DI water

Step 2 Increase PH to match Tank’s PH. Use baking soda to help raise the PH. Also make sure the temperature is the same as in the tank.

Step 3 Take clam out of tank and place into bucket. Move the clam around in order to circulate water around the mantle. I placed a small (Koralia 1) power head in the bucket. The clam was in the bucket for 35 minutes.
Step 4 Take the clam out of the fresh water and place back in main tank or QT.

Step 5 Repeat Step 3 in a few days if needed. Make fresh water!!!

I noticed that the clam started to recover right away.

24hrs after first treatment. (Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of the clam before treatment.)
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Day 2 - The mantle is extended a bit more
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Day 3 - Dipped clam again
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Day 5 - The mantle is extended about 50% more than day one.
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Clams direct have been doing some research on the cause and treatment but based on the article they ran out of funds. For the time being the only treatment is to dipped the clam in freshwater. I believe that it kills off the parasite that is affecting the clam.
Reefman – Thanks for the link to the article.

Best advice I can give is the same one that all other member will give you…QT your livestock before adding to your display. If QT is not an option then treat the clam, especially if you have more clams in your display.

I like to point out that this is the first clam that I have treated. I have successfully kept clams in the past but I am no expert. Take my advice at your own risk. What worked for me may not work for you.


Dr. Basti, D., Bouchard, D., and Neigut, B., 2009, Pinched Mantle Syndrome in Giant Clams, Pinched Mantle Syndrome in Giant Clams

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Great, detailed write-up! Thanks for sharing this info.

Your new clam seems to be doing great after this treatment.
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Great job Jose
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