Tuamotu Maxima Clams are easily one of the most exciting things to happen to Tridacnids for the home aquarium in a really long time. We were stunned to report that these clams would be a regular part of the giant clam scene about a month ago. Now that a couple shipments of these beauties have landed and the Tuamotu Maxima specimens have begun to make the rounds we can begin to see why these are some of the best Tridacna maxima we have ever set our eyes on. Seriously though, what color do you call the Maxima clam in the photo above? black, gold, blue, green? The multicolor maxima clam above is a specimen from LiveAquaria that went through multiple layers of quarantining and conditioning. Even the more solid Gold colored Tuamotu Maximas are amazing; the specimen in the image to the right might have an outer mantle that is basically gold in color but the brilliant green interior of the mantle is the most striking feature. It doesn’t hurt that so far all of the Tuamotu Maxima clam specimens are really large; the powder blue tang in the image above is full adult size and the clam is about 7″ long and you can get a feel for teh size of the gold and green maxima to the right by the other corals in the picture. Although we are only seeing show clams so far, eventually we should start seeing some aquacultured Tuamotu Maxima clams show up for those of us who don’t have the space or the coin for such show quality bivalves. We’ll be keeping our otoliths to the reef and a lookout for more of these amazing Tridacna maxima from the South Pacific to show up locally.