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Giant Clam Care, Clam facts about the Care of Tridacnid Clams starts with what to know about giant clams for sale, the reef aquarium setup and lighting, placing clams in the reef tank, feeding and caring for them, and watching out for hitchhikers, predators and pests!
ost reef aquarium keepers know something about the commonly-offered tridacnids, otherwise known as the giant clams. But, there are a few non-tridacnid clams that are also available to us, some that hitchhike into our aquariums on live rock and such, and some that just show up seemingly from nowhere from time to time, too. These include a variety of scallops and oysters, and a few other species, none of which are well-suited for aquarium life primarily due to their demanding dietary needs. So, I want to provide you with some general information about the biology of clams and some specific information about why they can be difficult to keep alive long-term in aquariums. I'll also give you some information about a few types of clam that are commonly seen in reef environments and sometimes for sale.
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Sea Clams: Tridacna Clam Species for Marine Aquarium Tanks
ridacnids, generally called giant clams, are common additions to reef aquariums, most of which belong to the genus Tridacna . However, there are two tridacnids available from time to time, which are not in the same genus with the rest of the bunch. These are Hippopus hippopus and Hippopus porcelanus , the former of which is far more likely to be seen for sale than the latter. Regardless, folks are generally unfamiliar with both of these species, so I'll fill you in.Uniodae (freshwater mussels sometimes called clams) do release their young as parasitic glochidia, but I believe that each species' glochidia parasitize different species of fish. Between pollution and these exacting needs for reproduction, many Uniodae are endangered. Some US states have laws forbidding collection or ownership of any Uniodae. These would also be very difficult to breed in an aquarium. There is a Southeast Asian Uniodae available for sale from some dealers in the US and European countries. I don't know if that species requires specific hosts for glochidia, but those glochidia would parasitize fish.As you know common names don't mean squat generally when it comes to buying plants and critters. One critter can go by a plethora of names. Personally, I've mostly seen "Golden Clams" for sale in the aquarium trade. These are Asian clams or more specifically Corbicula species.....generally most often Corbicula fluminea. In the U.S. they are an invasive species. Came into the west coast in the 1800s and are basically everywhere in the U.S. now. These "clams"...which are indeed true clams.....will burrow into your substrate very quickly and seldom be seen. I have a girlfriend with goldfish and have had one Corbicula in there for a number of months and it seems to be doing fine. She thinks it's cute. We have a very thin layer of gravel in that tank, so the clam really can't burrow and thus can be seen fairly easily and watched. From her stand point....she loves seeing it move about from time to time and thinks it's happy when she sees it siphoning away.Maxima clams have many different colors and patterns. For this reason they are usually graded for sale in the aquarium industry. ORA grades include Ultra, Ultra Gold, Purple First, Green First and Gold mantle colors.