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Maxima Clam (Tridacna maxima)

 
Native to East Africa through Polynesia, the Maxima clam is one of the smaller and more vibrantly colored clams available in the hobby. To about 14" in length, these clams are often captive bred.


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A Unique Addition

Comments I have a gold maxima clam in my 40gb. I had intended on getting a blue one, but some else beet me too it, so I settled for a gold one. It is a very cool addition to my tank. I was told that it would need to be put right up under my T5's and need to be fed phytoplankton. I have it on the bottom of my tank, about 18" down, and I have not target fed it, It is doing great.


Liked about it 1. Very easy to keep.
2. Is a great addition to a reef.
3. It is a good looking clam.


Didn't like 1. I wish I would have gotten it in blue and not settled for gold, but it still looks nice.
2. I want it to attach onto a rock under the sand so it doesn't attach onto my tank bottom, but it keeps moving off of the rock. Oh well.
3. Is very sensitive to changes in light, so if a shadow goes across it, it will close up for a few seconds.


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5.0

By Mr. Fishy Man
Aug 28, 2013
 
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Great Clam

Comments For me these are the best looking of the clams. The colors and patterns that you can find are amazing. They are a little bit tougher than other clams and get fairly large. However, they are fairly easy to keep. You only need a good alk and calcium level. You will also need pretty intense lighting, metal halides seem to work GREAT. You will also need to supplement feeding it a few times a week with phyto or some other filter feeding food. These are a great center piece to any reef tank provided the right conditions and lighting.


Liked about it Love the colors and patterns. Mine is only about 2-3 inches right now and a dark brown/gold with white tiger stripes. They are easily acclimated to a tank and attach to your rock work almost ovr night. Which you need because maximas are rock dwelling clams.


Didn't like It wasnt that I didnt like it its just you have to be careful. Once attached these creatures are extremely hard to get to release. So when you make your first placement make sure it is the right one.


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By joschend0325
Jan 31, 2011
 
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Awesome clam

Comments Maxima clams are probably the second most common in the hobby (behind crocea), and are easily as beautiful as any. From a deep blue to the more exotic teardrop colorations, I've really liked having these clams in my tanks. These do require a bit more light than some of the larger clams, and I generally view these as rock boring clams and prefer to keep them in my rockwork. If you have strong lights, you may consider keeping them in the sandbed, but in my experience they do better when in the rocks. The only thing I'd caution is that you take precautions against pests and diseases, as I think these are a bit more prone to both of these issues.


Liked about it Really beautiful colors, I've enjoyed the maximas that I've had the pleasure to keep. These clams do well in a lot of different water parameters. These clams are relatively slow growers and do well in smaller tanks (compared to larger clams).


Didn't like A little more prone to disease and pests (compared to the larger species), and as with all clams you need to pay attention to alkalinity and calcium levels for good growth and health.


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5.0

By crvz
May 19, 2010
 
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