The Aquacultured Hybrid Crocea Clam, as its name suggests, is a cross between and theTridacna crocea and the Tridacna squamosa clam. This remarkable achievement in aquaculture is a boon for clam collectors and Tridacna aficionados as the Aquacultured Hybrid Crocea Clam introduces another beautiful stocking option to consider. Demonstrating traits of its Squamosa lineage, the Aquacultured Hybrid Crocea Clam features pronounced scalloping of the scutes while the gorgeous coloration and elaborate patterning is not atypical of Crocea clams.
The Hybrid Crocea Clam will arrive either unattached or attached to small pieces of substrate. It will typically attach itself to a solid surface within a week or so of being introduced into your aquarium. Once attached to a solid surface, never forcibly remove an attached clam from the substrate or rockwork, as lethal damage to their foot and other tissue will be inevitable. Only as a last resort, consider removing an attached clam from a hard surface by gently cutting each byssal thread with a razor blade (as close to the attachment point of the rock or solid surface) making sure not to slice or damage any tissue.
The ideal home for the aquacultured Hybrid Crocea Clam is a large established reef aquarium with bright lighting achieved with T-5s, powerful LEDs or more intense metal halides. To maximize the growth rate of your aquacultured Hybrid Crocea Clam, it is imperative to maintain high pH, an alkalinity level between 8-11 dKH, calcium levels between 380- 450 mg/L, magnesium levels between 1280-1350 ppm, and phosphate and nitrate levels as close to zero as possible.
The aquacultured Hybrid Crocea Clam requires intense lighting to thrive as they contain the symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae. Smaller aquacultured Hybrid Crocea Clams can be sensitive to very intense lighting when first introduced as their mantle is much thinner than larger specimens. For this reason, care should be taken to properly photo-acclimate your new aquacultured Hybrid Crocea Clam to your current reef aquarium lighting - in a manner similar to when acclimating new stony and soft corals. Set your aquacultured Hybrid Crocea Clam on a small rock or in a plastic dish with coarse substrate at the bottom of the aquarium. Over time, the clam can be gradually moved up higher in the aquarium where it can receive direct light.
In addition to near pristine water quality and high lighting conditions, the aquacultured Hybrid Crocea Clam benefits from good, intermittent water flow within the aquarium. This is best accomplished with a wavemaker and multiple powerheads. For continued good health, the aquacultured Hybrid Crocea Clam requires the addition of calcium, strontium, iodine, magnesium supplements, as well as trace elements.
The photosynthetic symbiotic zooxanthellae algae hosted within aquacultured Hybrid Crocea Clam satisfies the majority of its nutritional requirements. Hybrid Crocea Clams larger than 2" do not require supplemental feedings, but smaller Hybrid Crocea Clams less than 2" should be fed micro-foods designed for filter feeders, phytoplankton, or greenwater supplements several times per week if maintained in a nutrient poor reef aquarium.
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