Originally Posted by Gregcoyote
That's cool, obviously you have clam happiness in your tank! What, if any special things do you do for the clam?
My tank is mostly SPS
corals, so I need to keep up with regular water changes and make sure my calcium, alk
and mag levels are optimun. I do dose on a regular basis.
Originally Posted by Fishbone13
That's awesome. But you said you have it under metal halide. I have T-5's so maybe I should wait for when I upgrade to a bigger tank to get the heavy duty equipment before I start get'n the tank critters I want. But that clam looks great. Question though. Under optimal conditions how long do they live? I know in there natural environments they can live for decades I was wonder'n how long in an aquarium set up can they live?
Maxima's are probably the most light demanding of the tridacna clams. There are others that will do quite well under less intense lighting. Squamosa and derasa don't need high intensity lighting. Check out the link to the Tridacna article I posted earlier.
Under the proper conditions, they should live longer then us.
A local reefer friend of mine has had his Maxima around 20 yrs and it's still going strong.