Can also cause clams to produce copious amounts of clear mucus

that can quickly clog prefilters (J. Burleson, pers. comm.).

Small anemones belonging to the genus Aiptasia can be a real problem in some reef aquariums. If these small anemones are allowed to grow on triclacnid clams, they can reach underneath the mantle and sting the clam. This will result in the mantle pulling away and the clam will eventually die.

Finally there are certain polychaete worms such as the larger Nereis spp. and Eunice spp., which can prey upon tridacnids. They are usually active at night and feed on the clam from below, through the byssal opening or by boring a hole through the shell.

For more information on the diseases, parasites and pests of tridacnid clams, and how to deal with them, see Chapter 10.

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