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Flame Scallop

Lima scabra

How to Care Flame Scallop

written by Dave Burr

The Flame Scallop will brighten up your aquarium with its vivid orange tentacles and red mantle. Groups may be kept in established reef aquariums. The Flame Scallop propels itself backwards by rapidly clapping its valves together.

Placement: Place it with the hinge of its shell in the sand, or in a crevice in the rock where it will receive moderate water flow. As a filter feeder it relies on currents to provide a constant source of food. Maintaining proper Ca, Alk, & Mg levels is important for growth of their shells.

Feeding: Target feed each Flame Scallop with a small particle sized Phytoplankton, and Marine Snow. They require expert care and should be target fed 5 times per week. If you are not prepared to feed them regularly then we recommend a clam instead as the clams we sell are much easier to keep than Flame Scallops.

Care Level: Expert Only
Reef Compatible: Yes
Diet: Filter feeder
Range: Caribbean
Family: Limidae
Water Conditions: 75-80° F; sg 1.024-1.026 (1.025 is ideal); pH 8.1-8.4 Ca 420-440 ppm, Alk 8-9.5 dKH, Mg 1260-1350, Nitrates <10ppm, Phosphates < .10ppm

Water Chemistry: 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.

Dosing: 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.