Tiny clams are placed in large larvae
tanks where saltwater is added.
The entire tank of water is changed every 2 days,
The newborn clams swim freely. At this
point our babies are 60 microns in size and
will grow to 180 microns. They will stay in these
tanks, floating around and feeding for 10 days,
and change from a veliger to a pediveliger.
FACT: All clams are born male. 50% will mature and become female.
They will then remain female for the rest of their lives!
Our healthy little clams are then transferred to our recirculating downweller tanks. Charts are kept at the end of each tank to monitor when clams enter a tank, when they are fed, how much they have eaten, and when they will leave the tank.
These round containers have very
fine mesh on the bottom. This allows
the food to flow from the top and
float around all the baby clams so
that all of them will have an equal
opportunity to ingest food. Excess
food falls through the screen and is
recirculated back into these silos. The
clams will stay in this tank for almost
a month. The water is changed daily
and the clams are sized once weekly.
What looks like sand on the screen to the right is actually millions of tiny baby clams.
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