So lets talk Clams.....Recently we have been getting some truly stunning cultured Ultra Blue Maxima Tridacna. Now I know a lot of people would love one of these fascinating Molluscs in their home aquaria, but seem to be daunted by the myth that they can be tricky to care for and that success can only be achieved by the more experienced reef keepers. This really isn't the case. Providing your aquarium is well established and the parameters are relatively stable, there is no reason why even the most inexperienced marine keeper cannot keep a clam or two at home.

So, with a sustainable, ethical source and some very accessible pricing, we thought this is the perfect time to give our customers a bit more background info on these stunning little Molluscs.

The Maxima Clam is also known as the Small Giant Clam and is one of the most commonly kept giant clam species in the home aquaria. Like some other members of its genus, Tridacna maxima like to attach to course substrate or rock work with a thread-like foot (appendage) called byssal filaments, and can even burrow and anchor themselves into porous substrate over time. Great care must be taken when moving clams from tank to tank, to minimise any chance of damaging the foot, but at Charterhouse Aquatics our clams come pre-attached to a small, reef safe, aragonite platform. This platform means that we no longer need to pull the clam away from the substrate or rockwork in store and lethal damage to their foot and other tissue can be avoided.

Maxima Clams can be found in a variety of colours and patterns, and these clams are graded for size, coloration, and pattern complexity, and then priced accordingly. This makes the mid-sized, ultra blue, maze like clams we have in stock great value at just £59.95

The cultured maxima clams in our east London store have a vivid blue mantle that really pops under the latest LED and T5 luminaires. We commonly stock specimens 2" - 4" in size and they can attain a maximum size of roughly 10" in captivity. A real bonus with the clams in our fish house is that they are not forcibly collected directly from the reef, they are cultured in specialised clam farms. This is great news for those of you who are keen to minimise the effect your hobby has upon natural habitats.

In the home aquarium, the Maxima Clams require intense lighting to thrive as they contain the symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae, and receive the majority of their nutrition from the light through this algae’s photosynthesising processes. Tridacna clams are also filter feeders and constantly filtering the water for food. You will find that larger clams very rarely require supplementary feeding, but smaller maxima that are less than 2” should be fed a phytoplankton or a specialist clam and filter feeder food twice a week. A perfect food would be D+D's Clam and filter feeder supplement. This can be found on our website and retails for £9.25. In summary, Tridacna maxima are hardy clams that require a good quality light source, good water flow, and regular feeding when small. Well maintained water chemistry is important and a basic knowledge of the species care is necessary. Providing these processes are met, there is no reason why anyone with half a clue couldn’t keep and enjoy a cultured Maxima clam from Charterhouse Aquatics.

Available in store for £59.95
Arches 330 – 331, Stean Street, London, E8 4ED