Derasa Clams Package 3" 2/4/6/10

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$ 97.98 

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Minimum Tank Size: 100 gal (379 L)
Aquarist Experience Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Peaceful
Temperature: 74.0 to 83.0° F (23.3 to 28.3° C)
Size of organism - inches: 23.6 inches (59.99 cm)
Diet Type: Omnivore
Suitable for Nano Tank: No
The beautiful Derasa Clam Tridacna derasa has warm tonal colors with iridescent accents. It is one of the most widely available giant clams for the aquarium. Along with its cousin, the Gigas Clam Tridacna gigas, it was one of the of the first aquacultured species of Tridacna clams.

Popular food item, these two giant clams have been hunted extensively throughout their natural habitats. But today both of these clams are cultivated in captivity. The Derasa Clams you purchase today are the result of aquaculture projects, not wild collecting. They are supplied as a food source, but are also readily available to the aquarist. Clams obtained from aquaculture systems are very hardy in reef aquariums.

The Derasa Clam is quite attractive and has proven to be one of the hardiest giant clams. They usually have a mantle with a striped pattern of wavy lines or a spotted pattern. They sport various color combinations of orange, yellow, black, blue, and white, some can even have brilliant blue or green accents.

Another claim to fame of the Derasa Clam, again shared with the Gigas Clam, is that it is one of the largest of the giant clams. The Derasa Clam grows fast and can double or even triple in size in a year. They will generally reach up to about 20" in length in captivity, though specimens can reached up to 24" in the wild. Still, Its adult cousin the Gigas Clam is much larger, reaching over 3 feet in length.

A giant clam just sitting in still may seem like a rather unlikely choice for the aquarium. But after one look at these beautiful creatures it is easy to understand why enthusiasts are eager to include them in their tanks. The Derasa clam, being one of the hardiest of the giant clams, is a great selection for an intermediate aquarist. With their large size, they will need an aquarium of at least 100 gallons, and with a particular intolerance of sediment in the water they require diligent aquarium care.


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