|Latin name||Ctenoides scaber|
|Local name||Flame scallop|
|Family||Limidae - Ctenoides|
|Origin||East Indian Ocean, The Mexican Golf|
|Max length||9 cm (3,5")|
|Minimum volume||50 cm (13 gal)|
|Suitable for aquarium||Experience, preparation and extra care required|
|Reef safe||Always reef safe|
This species is hard to keep alive and thriving.
This species needs good hiding places, for example, between live rocks.
This "scallop" filters the water for and receives all its nourishment from, phytoplankton primarily, but zooplankton is also part of its diet.
Unlike Tridacna it cannot live of photosynthesis.
For its continual well being, it is necessary to feed it large amounts of phytoplankton in the aquarium, or to target feed it.
If it doesn't receive sufficient food, it will likely starve to death after 6-10 months.
Their life expectancy is short (only up to 4 years), therefore if one buys a fully grown specimen it might die if age short after purchase, as it is difficult to determine their age.
The primary food source should be phytoplankton 5-40 µm and secondary, should be zooplankton
This Scallop can move about the aquarium by opening and closing its shell, and will therefore not stay where the aquarist put it.
They will often sit in a well protected space between rocks, so it might be difficult to see and feed it.
If ones tries to move it a lot, it could die from stress.
Also known as Lima scabra.
Rob Toonen. 2002. Invertebrate Non-Column: Flame Scallops - Advanced Aquarist - (English)
Bob Fenner. Bivalves: Clams, Oysters, Mussels... Class Bivalvia - Wet Web Media - (English)
Ronald L. Shimek. 2004. Marine Invertebrates (PocketExpert Guide) - TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)
"Minimum volume" indicates the size of the tank needed to house this species under optimal conditions.
This is based on a medium size animal, which you want to keep for several years.
It might be possible to keep smaller specimens for a limited period in a smaller tank. A larger tank might be needed for fully-grown specimens.
"Hardiness" indicates how resistant this species is to disease and how well i tolerates bad conditions in general.
Some species doesn't handle transportation very well, but that doesn't mean that the species isn't hardy under the right conditions.
In this case, a "normal" aquarium is a reef aquarium with mixed corals or a fish only aquarium with an approximately salinity of 1.026 (sg) and a temperature close to 26°C.
Species requiring more than a 4000-liter tank are considered not suitable for home aquarium.
Special aquariums may cover tanks with low salinity, sub-tropical temperature, deep sand bed, sea grass etc.
Always reef safe: No sources indicate that this species will harm corals or other invertebrates.
Often reef safe: Only a few aquarists has reported problems keeping this species with corals and other invertebrates.
Reef safe with caution: This species may be a threat to some types of invertebrates.
Reef safe with luck: Most specimens will harm corals and/or other invertebrates, but you might be lucky.
Not reef safe: This species is a threat to most corals and/or other invertebrates.