Blue Squamosa clams are a particular aquarium animal which holds a very special place in our salty hearts. Compared to regular Tridacna squamosa, the ‘blue squammies’ are so much more stunning and they are among the most colorful large bivalve you can actually get for an aquarium.
Tridacna squamosa with a true blue colored mantle are extremely rare in the wild, but clam farms have been able to produce these in much greater numbers so that specimens of captive bred blue squamosas are periodically available in the aquarium trade. We’ve seen blue squammosa flood the markets for short period of times, and we thought that the large blue squammie from Pieces of the Ocean would be one of the last, but it turns out there’s still a few more specimens coming from this clam farm in Darwin Australia.
Global Reef Supply recently acquired some of the farmed blue squamosa clams which have a variety of mantle color patterns, including blue, purple, gold, green, and an unusual teardrop squamosa clam which we highlighted last week. The new crop of blu squamosa clams are all on the larger side, starting at about 4 inches long, all the way up to six inches, so these large Tridacna squamosa will really only feel at home in larger aquaria, as they will quickly grow to twice that size within a few years.