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Taipan
10-29-2013, 07:07 AM
I'll start this thread off with pics of my Maxima clam collection. I have enclosed both "Top Down" and " Front Side" views for comparison purposes. The largest of the clams in this collection has been with me easily for 10+ years. Enjoy?

My largest Maxima, Arguably a Gigas:

http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab158/IamTaipan/Clam%20Collection/DSC00644_zps1bbe957a.jpg (http://s859.photobucket.com/user/IamTaipan/media/Clam%20Collection/DSC00644_zps1bbe957a.jpg.html)

http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab158/IamTaipan/Clam%20Collection/850fb437-330f-422c-b8bc-3be700d83cfb_zpsbf2f3617.jpg (http://s859.photobucket.com/user/IamTaipan/media/Clam%20Collection/850fb437-330f-422c-b8bc-3be700d83cfb_zpsbf2f3617.jpg.html)

Gold Tear Drop Maxima:

http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab158/IamTaipan/Clam%20Collection/DSC00609_zps5d0badcc.jpg (http://s859.photobucket.com/user/IamTaipan/media/Clam%20Collection/DSC00609_zps5d0badcc.jpg.html)

http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab158/IamTaipan/Clam%20Collection/DSC00589_zps2fe9e325.jpg (http://s859.photobucket.com/user/IamTaipan/media/Clam%20Collection/DSC00589_zps2fe9e325.jpg.html)

Tahitian Maximas: Gold and Teal Patterned, Gold and Blue Zebra Stripes, Blue Spotted/Drops

http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab158/IamTaipan/Clam%20Collection/DSC00614_zps6f0e7cd5.jpg (http://s859.photobucket.com/user/IamTaipan/media/Clam%20Collection/DSC00614_zps6f0e7cd5.jpg.html)

http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab158/IamTaipan/Clam%20Collection/DSC00594_zps60a5cbdf.jpg (http://s859.photobucket.com/user/IamTaipan/media/Clam%20Collection/DSC00594_zps60a5cbdf.jpg.html)

http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab158/IamTaipan/Clam%20Collection/DSC00606_zps33db335f.jpg (http://s859.photobucket.com/user/IamTaipan/media/Clam%20Collection/DSC00606_zps33db335f.jpg.html)

http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab158/IamTaipan/Clam%20Collection/DSC00648_zps3be40b74.jpg (http://s859.photobucket.com/user/IamTaipan/media/Clam%20Collection/DSC00648_zps3be40b74.jpg.html)

http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab158/IamTaipan/Clam%20Collection/DSC00607_zps905281c7.jpg (http://s859.photobucket.com/user/IamTaipan/media/Clam%20Collection/DSC00607_zps905281c7.jpg.html)

Taipan
10-29-2013, 07:25 AM
Tahitian Electric Blue Maxima:

http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab158/IamTaipan/Clam%20Collection/DSC00595_zps60b4cc6b.jpg (http://s859.photobucket.com/user/IamTaipan/media/Clam%20Collection/DSC00595_zps60b4cc6b.jpg.html)

http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab158/IamTaipan/Clam%20Collection/DSC00588_zps301c92c2.jpg (http://s859.photobucket.com/user/IamTaipan/media/Clam%20Collection/DSC00588_zps301c92c2.jpg.html)

http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab158/IamTaipan/Clam%20Collection/DSC00603_zps11665760.jpg (http://s859.photobucket.com/user/IamTaipan/media/Clam%20Collection/DSC00603_zps11665760.jpg.html)

http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab158/IamTaipan/Clam%20Collection/DSC00638_zpsc66b31af.jpg (http://s859.photobucket.com/user/IamTaipan/media/Clam%20Collection/DSC00638_zpsc66b31af.jpg.html)

Ryanerickson
10-29-2013, 08:35 AM
Wow amazing clams!!! I am away on a holiday in Arizona but will post pics when back in BC I have 12 clams in my system should be able to get some nice pics

Taipan
10-29-2013, 08:38 AM
12?!? .....and I thought I had an addiction ;) Please share when you have time. We'd all love to see your collection. Cheers.

wayner
10-29-2013, 12:14 PM
Holy Clams Batman - I'm in a real need for a couple of Tahitian Maximas, too bad there so difficult to bring in.

Taipan
10-29-2013, 03:53 PM
A local LFS brought in a shipment this past Thursday night/Friday morning. It was one of the best shipments I've seen in years. They had approx. 200 in the shipment and by the time I got there when the store opened; 30 had been sold within 5 mins, a select few reserved, and some were to be shared amongst other LFS.

There was still a good retail selection on Saturday and Sunday. A friend had asked me to drop by the store on Monday to select one for him and there were only a handful of each size remaining. They went fairly fast (I also posted this event on a local forum to let fellow hobbyists know).

That being said.....I wouldn't be surprised if some were to make their way out West....and East for that matter. I know some were reserved to be shipped out. I'm uncertain as to the specific details.

Enclosed are mobile phone pics (best I could do at the time) of the shipment sitting in various coral vats at the local store and at local wholesaler.

http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab158/IamTaipan/Clam%20Collection/IMG_00000180_zps733b9155.jpg (http://s859.photobucket.com/user/IamTaipan/media/Clam%20Collection/IMG_00000180_zps733b9155.jpg.html)

http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab158/IamTaipan/Clam%20Collection/IMG_00000179_zps6be737e1.jpg (http://s859.photobucket.com/user/IamTaipan/media/Clam%20Collection/IMG_00000179_zps6be737e1.jpg.html)

http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab158/IamTaipan/Clam%20Collection/IMG_00000178_zpsc9557162.jpg (http://s859.photobucket.com/user/IamTaipan/media/Clam%20Collection/IMG_00000178_zpsc9557162.jpg.html)

http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab158/IamTaipan/Clam%20Collection/IMG_00000172_zpsf6b979ad.jpg (http://s859.photobucket.com/user/IamTaipan/media/Clam%20Collection/IMG_00000172_zpsf6b979ad.jpg.html)

Apologies - I didn't want to ask the store for a pause in the powerhead/return pump (for a better pic) just in case it would introduce air bubbles into the system when power was restored.

http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab158/IamTaipan/Clam%20Collection/IMG_00000175_zps14fa75f4.jpg (http://s859.photobucket.com/user/IamTaipan/media/Clam%20Collection/IMG_00000175_zps14fa75f4.jpg.html)

http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab158/IamTaipan/Clam%20Collection/IMG_00000176_zps21c3b45e.jpg (http://s859.photobucket.com/user/IamTaipan/media/Clam%20Collection/IMG_00000176_zps21c3b45e.jpg.html)

http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab158/IamTaipan/Clam%20Collection/IMG_00000170_zpsf997bc3f.jpg (http://s859.photobucket.com/user/IamTaipan/media/Clam%20Collection/IMG_00000170_zpsf997bc3f.jpg.html)

http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab158/IamTaipan/Clam%20Collection/IMG_00000169_zpsf9d7be3b.jpg (http://s859.photobucket.com/user/IamTaipan/media/Clam%20Collection/IMG_00000169_zpsf9d7be3b.jpg.html)

Here are 2 small ones that friends asked me to pick out for them that day:

http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab158/IamTaipan/Clam%20Collection/IMG_00000181_zps4576da52.jpg (http://s859.photobucket.com/user/IamTaipan/media/Clam%20Collection/IMG_00000181_zps4576da52.jpg.html)

kien
10-29-2013, 04:38 PM
Holy Clams Batman - I'm in a real need for a couple of Tahitian Maximas, too bad there so difficult to bring in.

and ridonkulously expensive !

Nice clams!

here's my biggest.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7252/8160016756_69f37ecf9c_o.jpg

Madreefer
10-29-2013, 05:10 PM
I totally misunderstood the title of this thread.

Very nice clams. For some reason mine seem to die after the 3 year mark. I've given up.

Delphinus
10-29-2013, 07:33 PM
Would be nice to see some clams make a comeback at the stores.

Great looking clams, and wow that is one droolworthy shipment!

FWIW, Taipan I don't think that's a gigas. Looks like a really nice squamosa to me!

mrhasan
10-29-2013, 07:44 PM
This is a torture thread! :twised:

Taipan
10-29-2013, 07:45 PM
I don't think it's Gigas either. I recall purchasing it as a Maxima. On another forum - some say it's a Durasa - I'm not convinced of that either. lol

Eh....I'm just enjoying the view. ;)

Delphinus
10-29-2013, 08:09 PM
I don't think it's Gigas either. I recall purchasing it as a Maxima. On another forum - some say it's a Durasa - I'm not convinced of that either. lol


Yeah prob not derasa! Should be easy to tell if it's a derasa by how the shell looks (shape and texture) but I can see how some might see the mantle patterns as looking derasa-ish.


Eh....I'm just enjoying the view. ;)

Oh I agree. It's only academic interest what to call them but the real joy is in the viewing of them, whatever they are!

I recently lost my Hippopus. :cry: Well, it might be about 6 months ago it finally let go, but still it sucks because you almost never see those in stores either.

There was a nice gigas for sale at a LFS here in Calgary. Thing sat in their tanks for over a year and it was pure torture looking at it, wanting it in my tank, but not even having space for it in my 280g! Thing was a behemoth. I would estimate shell size at 18" and the mantle would extend easily 24" or more and maybe 10" wide. Just incredible.

Whomever took it home is either not on Canreef or worse yet, IS, but never shows it off on here. Either way .. it's too bad it isn't being shown off.

Taipan
10-29-2013, 08:48 PM
I'll try and take a picture of the shell tonight when the light setting is near dusk. I understand what you mean by the she'll shape and texture. I'm certain it's not a Derasa. This particular clam is approx. 10" in width (flesh of mantle folds), and easily 14" in length, 6" tall (just the shell). The size of just the shell is approx. the size of a football.

Sorry to hear about your loss. It's amazing how we get attached to our display. btw - SO jealous of the size of the displays some have out West. lol

As for sharing/showing off online/CanReef.....I can understand some not wanting to share their little slice of the ocean. I know some are fairly private and don't want to share their little piece of solitude from the world. ;)

Delphinus
10-29-2013, 09:08 PM
A very diplomatic answer, of course. I am, on the other hand, just jealous and petty and whining because I couldn't have it in my own tank. :lol:

Ryanerickson
10-29-2013, 10:10 PM
I am still away on holidays but think I figured out how to post pics and had some pics on my iPhone not the best quality pretty sure this is 4 of my 12 clams thanks for looking.

http://i864.photobucket.com/albums/ab208/ryan_erickson/98956738-DF8C-461A-8E8E-6DC0AB521F51-1796-0000022E77942146_zps3f19845f.jpg

http://i864.photobucket.com/albums/ab208/ryan_erickson/579ED169-2474-4A5E-8A94-FA5FF937FC28-1796-0000022E5724FCE1_zps7fdafd27.jpg

http://i864.photobucket.com/albums/ab208/ryan_erickson/757B43B3-D607-4110-AD23-2D8C2795A30D-1796-0000022E453C2305_zps9fee5b74.jpg

http://i864.photobucket.com/albums/ab208/ryan_erickson/12513D50-0E97-409E-9880-869630BAE937-1796-0000022E303DC3A7_zpsca2db391.jpg

eli@fijireefrock.com
10-29-2013, 10:23 PM
sweet clams all,...I need to get me a clam shipment and load my tank...should have kept a few last time I brought some in....:sad:

Taipan
10-30-2013, 12:35 AM
The general consensus among LFS and fellow hobbyists is that it's a Squamosa Clam. I learned something new today....after keeping for all these years.

http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab158/IamTaipan/Clam%20Collection/IMG_00000206_zpsb980037c.jpg (http://s859.photobucket.com/user/IamTaipan/media/Clam%20Collection/IMG_00000206_zpsb980037c.jpg.html)

P.S. - VERY Nice clams: kien and Ryanerickson. Keep them coming.

P.P.S. - Diplomatic is another term for....... ;)

Derek14
10-31-2013, 05:55 PM
and ridonkulously expensive !

Nice clams!

here's my biggest.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7252/8160016756_69f37ecf9c_o.jpg

That's a nice shot with the spotted Mandarin

gatzke
11-14-2013, 08:44 AM
and ridonkulously expensive !

Nice clams!

here's my biggest.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7252/8160016756_69f37ecf9c_o.jpg


this is a BEAUTIFULL picture good job man

SanguinesDream
11-18-2013, 04:43 AM
http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll40/Mamaterra_album/Clam.jpg


My only, lonely clam purchased from Titus/Proteus.

Taipan
11-18-2013, 05:02 AM
My only, lonely clam purchased from Titus/Proteus.

You realize there's an easy solution to that. You'll just have to find it a friend or two to prevent loneliness ;) Thanks for sharing :)

SanguinesDream
11-18-2013, 09:53 AM
You realize there's an easy solution to that. You'll just have to find it a friend or two to prevent loneliness ;) Thanks for sharing :)

The thing is that I have to decide which arm or leg I can do without. :razz: