Gold Tear Drop Squamosa

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  1. slocal

    slocal Torch Coral

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    I'm not doubting your experience, but the scutes don't seem close enough and look too deep for a maxima. Do you have a pic of the shell?

    Great looking mantle, btw.
     
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  3. jimw369

    jimw369 Fire Shrimp

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    Maxima IMHO. Nice clam. Can be kept under a little lower light conditions than the other Maximas due to its darker mantle colors.
     
  4. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm going to say that it's a maxima as well.
     
  5. slocal

    slocal Torch Coral

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    I'd still like to see the shell to make a better guess. The OP said the byssal opening was rather narrow and maximas have a wider opening.

    Great Tridacna clam ID article by one of the most reliable clam-perts on the net.
    http://www.3reef.com/forums/509712-post1.html
     
  6. xmetalfan99

    xmetalfan99 Giant Squid

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    It is not as narrow as the squamosa shell they show. I was comparing it to my crocea.

    My lighting is 6 39 watt t5ho tek light fixture. Bulbs include: 3 ATI aquablue specials, 2 Geisemann blue +, and 1 ATI procolor. Tank is 20" deep and placement is on the sand. According to other readings I have about 1300 PAR going into my tank.

    I am not worried about not having enough light. I just like having things identified properly. From photos and the thread you posted I have to agree with the identification of a maxima. I will try to get better photos soon.

    Thank you for the help.
     
  7. xmetalfan99

    xmetalfan99 Giant Squid

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    Well, I just went to go take good photos of the shell and bissal area. The clam has attached itself to the bottom of my tank. I will try to take photos of the rest of the shell when the lights are on.
     
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  9. jimw369

    jimw369 Fire Shrimp

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    Ive had your clams twin for 3 years now.

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  10. xmetalfan99

    xmetalfan99 Giant Squid

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    I wanted a squamosa, but the maxima will do just fine. I love the blue edging of the clam on the left (i believe squamosa). What lighting do you use and how tall is your tank?
     
  11. jimw369

    jimw369 Fire Shrimp

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    Derasa on the left, Maxima on right. Both have done Ok on the substrate in a 24" deep tank lighted with Suntek T5 fixture. If you want to know bulb selection and par values I can give them to you. Colors are much better than those pics. Got a couple Croceas high in the tank but look crappy cause the viewing angle stinks. Clams are best viewed top down but to keep the higher light demanding clams I need to keep them higher in my tank. I have had 6 clams in that tank for 3 years now. The Squaggie is pushing 13" long now. Keep the Ca up! I love the clams and suspect someday thats all I will collect. Love the colors and patterns and so easy to care for once the tank matures.

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  12. xmetalfan99

    xmetalfan99 Giant Squid

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    I might build a Ca reactor just because of my clams. I also love clams and feel that you can never have to many. My crocea is also close to the surface. Looks like a blue and purple mass from the front, but absolutely amazing from the top.

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