Giant Clams Can Manipulate Light To Assist Their Symbiotic Partner

Special cells in giant clams shift the wavelength of light to protect them from UV radiation and increase the photosynthetic activity of their symbionts, shows research KAUST. Using special cells, known as iridocytes, the clams can manipulate light via layers…

Red Sea Tridacna Clams Shine Best Under Daylight

Red Sea cams haven’t been in the aquarium hobby for over two decades but at long last, they have begun spreading around Europe through Dejong Marine Life and America via ACI Aquaculture. The three species from the fabled Red Sea…

First Cultured Red Sea Clams Splashdown at ACI

Red Sea clams include some varieties and color patterns of Tridacna maxima that are at once familiar, but have been unavailable to the aquarium hobby for over two decades. Not only are there some interesting forms of the well known…

Red Sea Clams Return to the Aquarium Hobby

When we were just a wee little aquarist still playing around with African and American cichlids, one of the creatures that drew us to the world of ‘mini reef’ aquariums were the giant clams from the Red Sea. It was…

The Maxea Clam Hybrids of Australia’s Acro Al

It’s been ten years since we had the privilege of highlighting Maxea clams, the first documented, obvious specimens of hybrid Tridacna that the aquarium hobby was ever aware of. There was a wave of criticism and and healthy dose about the…

Gold Tiger Maxima Clams From Taiwan

So-called ‘gold clams’ are usually used to describe the unfortunate Tridacna clam species with a preponderance of brown color, but some clams actually are gold. I’m not talking about the super rare gold ‘foil’ variant sometimes seen in T. maxima  & T. crocea, but the lustrous…

‘Controversial’ Giant Clam Hybrid Proven Possible by Aquaculture Researchers

Nine years ago when we introduced the hybrid Maxea Clams to the world there was a small uproar about the validity of these clams’ pedigree. Despite having wild and pretty evenly blended shell shape and mantle patterns, many skeptics decried…

The new ORA Maxima Clam poster is stunning

The new ORA Maxima Clam poster is a stunning reminder about why we love these mollusks. Following up on the success of the ORA Coral and ORA Clownfish posters, this new poster features vivid colors that will light up any…

Black tiger maxima clam in the wild

In case you had forgotten what a stellar black tiger maxima clam is supposed to look like ¬†. . . here’s some great shots of this clam to jog your memory. It’s been a long time since giant clams have…

ORA is serving up some fantastic hybrid maxima clams

Clams are some of the most fascinating members of the coral reef community, and they are especially welcomed in our home aquaria. Today we have access to more varieties of¬†Tridacna than ever, and ORA is piling on one more new…