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Saltwater Replacement Policy
All Saltwater Fish, Inverts, Corals & Anemones are sold without guarantees.  No refunds or exchanges will be given in the event of a loss.
Freshwater Fish Replacement Policy

Freshwater Fish will be replaced One Time or an in-store credit will be issued in the event of the fish death within 14 days of purchase, subject to the following conditions:

Dead fish must be returned when credit is issued.

 

A water sample must be provided in a separate container from the dead fish.

 

Freshwater fish will be replaced one time if the water test is without heightened levels of ammonia, nitrite, nitrate or improper pH levels.  Also, no credit will be issued if death was caused by injuries or aggression.

Squamosa Clams

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The Squamosa Clam (Tradacna squamosa) is considered by many aquarists to be the most adaptive species of clam, in regards to aquarium life.


Squamosa Clams are not as demanding of the intense light levels as many other Giant Clams. This generally makes them more suitable for life in captivity than many species with high light requirements. Because they are photosynthetic, light is extremely important to the survival of Squamosa Clams. In their natural environment, Squamosa Clams live in deeper areas of reefs at 30 to 50 feet. They are often found low on a reef wall or at the reef bottom, usually in a protected area. Generally, these clams should be placed in areas of the aquarium with low turbidity, since they normally live in calm waters in the wild.


Squamosa Clams are characterized by the fluted characteristics of their shells. The shells are in fact made of hard, projecting scales or flutes, which cover both the top and bottom surfaces. The scales are sharp enough to protect the clam from certain fish bites, and large enough to harbor various organisms. The shell is symmetrical, and by the time the fluted clam is mature, measures up to 16 inches. Shell color, though usually white, may be yellow, pink, or orange. The mantle of the Squamosa Clam is normally beige, brown, or gold. Some blue or green blotches may be present, and some specimens have stripes running parallel to the shell. The middle, or mantle, of a fluted clam is normally quite wide. The intake siphon is covered in large tentacles.


Squamosa Clams may be maintained under Power Compact or Metal Halide lighting. Like most Giant Clams, the Squamosa Clam will do well in temperatures remaining 74-80 F. The pH should remain at 8.0 to 8.4, and the specific gravity should be constant, around 1.023. Supplimental feedings are required in the care of this species. Calcium levels should be above 400 p.p.m. The shell rim should exhibit a clean white line of growth at all times, and if this is not present, the growth of your Squamosa Clam may be inhibited. Check light and water conditions to ensure that the environment is perfect for your clam.

UVB Lighting, Calcium & Vitamin D3

Most diurnal lizards that do not consume animals with whole bone matter(mice, rats, etc.) need to synthesize vitamin D3 in their skin for healthy growth. Ultraviolet B light (UVB) (290-320nm), is required. UVB is not present in significant quantities in normal fluorescent or incandescent bulbs in that they are designed to illuminate an area, not to provide UVB. Also, glass in windows and aquariums filter ultraviolet rays out of sunlight.


Vitamin D3 is necessary for the metabolism of calcium, which aids in strong bone development. A deficiency often results in Metabolic Bone Disease in reptiles. The calcium in the proper supplements also help to balance the phosphorous / calcium ratio in reptiles that eat large quantities of insects.



Supplements of Calcium and Vitamin D3 along with a proper UVB light will help insure the health of you diurnal lizards for years to come.

Maxima Clams

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The Maxima Clam (Tridacna maxima) is one of the more beautiful species of Giant Clam. The impressive coloring seen in some of these clams makes them one of the most desired in the home aquarium.


Wild Maxima Clams live in shallow water, near the top of a reef and have been known to bore slightly into the rock they are attached to. They attach themselves firmly to their chosen area, using their byssal glands. Maxima Clams may be kept in groups; in fact, in their natural habitats, they are often found in densely packed colonies, while some solitary specimens are found in deeper waters. In the aquarium, you should place your Maxima Clam in the place where you want it to stay. Because Maxima Clams anchor themselves tightly to one spot, it is important not to move your clam. Pulling on an attached clam can seriously injure the byssal gland and any surrounding tissues. Unlike many Giant Clams, Maxima Clams are somewhat able to tolerate fluctuations in environmental condition. For this reason, some captive specimens can tolerate gentle water currents. However, water quality must be kept very high, as these clams cannot tolerate a large sediment load in the water column.


The Maxima Clam is available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Blue, purple, gray, brown, and yellow are commonly seen on the mantles of Maxima Clams. Patterns of the mantles include spots, stripes, or blotches. However, patches of solid color are more characteristic than multi-colored patterns. Some Maxima Clams have black eye spots that decorate the edge of the mantle. Fine tentacles cover the Maxima Clam's intake siphon, and tubercles may be present over the mantle. By the time it reaches maturity, the Maxima Clam can reach lengths of 12 inches or so.

 

Maxima Clams should have intense lighting. Brightly colored specimens require brighter lighting, but brown specimens may be shocked by strong lights. Brown specimens should be placed lower in an aquarium, further from light, and gradually acclimated. Most healthy Maxima Clams will need to be placed quite close to the surface of your aquarium. Like most Giant Clams, the Maxima Clam will do well in temperatures from 74-80 F, with a pH of 8.0 to 8.4, and a specific gravity of 1.023. A gentle water current may be tolerated, but strong water motion should be avoided. Maxima Clams do need very clear water, as particles or sediment in the water can clog their gills. They may not do well in an aquarium with a high level of turbidity. As with all giant clams, they do need supplemental feedings, although they do create most of their food through photosynthetic processes accomplished by symbiotic zooxanthellae living in the tissues of the clam.



 

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