Crocea Clams are one of the easier clams to keep and make a great choice for a beginner. They are a good conversation piece and are sure to dazzle you with their beauty. Do not house with Triggers, Puffers, and aggressive predatory wrasses as they cannot seem to resist picking at clams.
Lighting & Flow Requirements:
Crocea Clams require moderate water flow and moderate to high lighting (PAR 200-350). T5's, Metal Halides, or LED's can all grow Crocea Clams when the proper PAR levels are provided. We recommend a 14-20K color spectrum for best coloration.
It is important that proper calcium (420-440 ppm), alkalinity (8-9.5 dkh - run it 7-8 if you are carbon dosing) , and magnesium levels (1260-1350 ppm) are maintained. Raising magnesium levels gradually up to 1400-1600 ppm can help to combat algae outbreaks, just keep CA and Alk in line as you raise the Mg. Nitrates should be below 10 ppm and phosphates should be below .10 ppm. We recommend doing a water change when Nitrate levels rise to 10 ppm. It is important to replace your phosphate media when phosphates rise to .10 ppm. Media Reactors make the most efficient use of your phosphate media by fluidizing it.
Vivid Aquariums uses and recommends dosing pumps to automate the dosing of additives and keep your levels more constant. A dosing pump can alleviate the chore of manually dosing your aquarium with Ca, Alk, & Mg 2,3, or 4 times per week and will benefit your aquarium by keeping your levels constant through frequent small additions of Ca, Alk, & Mg. Our tanks all progressed when we switched from 3 manual dosings per week to 70 automatic dosings per week and we got a lot more work done.
Place the Crocea Clam in the sand, or in a rock crevice, in the lower half of the aquarium where they will receive moderate currents and moderate lighting. They will attach to rocks with their thread like appendages called byssal filaments. Do not attempt to move a clam that has attached itself to the rocks as you could kill it if you forcibly tear its byssal filaments. Placing it in the sand bed allows for easier repositioning later.
Although symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae hosted within them supply most of their nutritional requirements through photosynthesis they do benefit from supplemental feedings Phytoplankton. Target feeding gets the clam fed using less food while keeping your nitrates and phosphates lower.