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Crocea Clam (Tridacna Crocea)

 
The Crocea clam is the smallest of the Tridacna clams, growing to up to 8" in length. This a rock boring clam, collected in the indo-west pacific region.


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Comments They really are one of the most beautiful Clams. They require extremely high light and a comfy spot in the live rock.
Choose carefully where you place this clam over time it will actually burrow into the rock and become permanent. Super colorful and extremely vibrant. These Clams are usually sold in the 2-3" range for about $50 or less. They are slow growers and rarely grow larger than 6" If you have a smaller tank that it lit by halides of T5ho a T. Crocea may be the cam for you.

If you do not have high intensity lighting do not even consider this clam.
And with all Clams do not keep one if you have butterfly fish. The butterfly will eventually turn any clam into a meal.

Before choosing a clam I suggest you take a look at the Clam FAQ in the Clams forum here at TRT.


Liked about it The size, they are a smaller clam and do not take up much space.
Prefer the rocks. I like this because the sand is the mose valuable real estate in my tank and these leave that space open for LPS corals.
Easy to care for in a will lit mature tank.


Didn't like That fact that they will actually dissolve rock ans they burrow deep into the rock makes their placement permanent.


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By ckusnierek
May 30, 2010
 
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Awesome addition!

Comments So far, the clam has been very easy to keep. I keep him under 2x55w PCs and 25w of actinic LEDs. I'm not sure if its doing anything, but I spot feed him phytoplankton once a week. They don't grow too fast. Most people say that they should be kept on the rocks, but mine has been very happy in the sand. He seems very hardy. My blenny was attacking him, and this went on for a few days. He looked on the verge of death. I removed the blenny, and one hour later, he looked amazing and is still very happy.

I got this guy for 40$, and he has a nice deep blue coloration.


Liked about it 1. Very colorful.
2. Easy to care for.
3. Very hardy.
4. Relatively cheap.


Didn't like Nothing bad about these guys!


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By wii64brawl
Mar 28, 2013
 
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Great starter Clam!!

Comments So far this has been a peace of cake. Granted I have been reefing for ovr 5 years. I love the looks and ease of this clam. They are nonaggressive and will thrive with most all reef safe fish. They are high light requiring animals though. I would definately suggest metal halides. They also benefit from a few supplemental feedings throughout the week of phytoplankton or other filter feeding food.They do need a rock structure, they are rock dwelling clams.


Liked about it Easy to care for and gorgeous.


Didn't like It is pretty touchy. Whenever a fish gets nearby it will close up for a little it, few seconds. However this is no big deal because it reopens almost immediately. This is their only defense mechanism.


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By joschend0325
Jan 31, 2011
 
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Great smaller clam, but require more light than most

Comments I've had a number of crocea clams over the years. They're the most vibrantly colored in my opinion, though very similar to maximas. They are the smallest of the giant clams, it's rare to find one over about 6" in my experience. They don't grow quickly, nor do they take up a lot of space. It's best to stick them high in the rocks, as that mimics their natural environment and helps them get the most light. They do require more light than the other giant clams, so they won't fare well low in the tank (unless you have very bright lights) or under normal fluorescent bulbs.


Liked about it I really like the color combinations that can be found in the crocea species. They're also small and fare well in smaller tanks, whereas some of the other giant clams can quickly outgrow a tank under about 55 gallons. This clam is often captive bred, so if you've got the option that's a great choice.


Didn't like First, they do require a lot of light, so make certain you know what you're getting into. Also, make certain you've got proper insight into parasites and diseases, as these are most commonly the demise of these clams.


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By crvz
May 18, 2010
 
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