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Lima scabra
Flame Scallop

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Name: Lima scabra
Size BehaviorReef
Origin: ?
8 cm Peaceful Safe


A beautiful and usually readily available mollusc for the reef tank. However, I have noticed that some are very vulnerable to fish that nip on their mantles and can be harrassed to death. Normally, it will try to nest in a live rock crevice, but when it feels it is in danger, can shoot out water to quickly scoot to a different spot and elude predators. Needs good protected anchor area and very clean water.

Contributed by Cecilia Chen

I have never had any luck with these. Probably because I have too much flow in my reef tank. It seemed to hide in the back of the live rock, so I hardly ever saw it until it died and the hermit crabs were playing with it's shell.

Contributed by Greg Horn

This is highly recommended for a reef tank. I have one and it's perfect, it does not move, just sits there looking beautiful as it should. It adds a lot of diversity to the tank and people always go and look at it.

Contributed by David Javier

Flame Scallops are beautiful creatures. They are filter animals who need supplements, such as Micro-vert, in a newer tank. They also have something resembling a long tongue that comes out from the shell, allowing the scallop to climb up the side of rocks or tanks. They will close when feeling threatened, which can be hazardous to fishing passing by, especially one like a horsecrab like mine, who was held hostage for over three hours.

Contributed by a visitor

Strongly recommended, however I recommend a very diverse diet of filter foods. Micro-vert by itself may not be sufficient. Add Chromaplex for better results, faster growth and brighter colors.

Contributed by Nelson Abreu

Strongly NOT recommended. Beautiful mollusk, but if you have any starfish they will eat your scallop. My cleaner and peppermint shrimp will pick at it till death. I purchased two and they did not survive a week without being harrased by either my fish or inverts.

Contributed by Frank LaPoint

I agree with the above post of NOT recommended. I had one in a 190 L and it did OK for a couple months, but only with daily target feedings of DT's live plankton. Unfortunately, I bought this critter before researching it, because I was new to reefkeeping at the time (2003) all of the specimens that my local reef store had died in their tank. Most of the research I have found says that these are short-lived in captivity.

Contributed by Lisa O'Dell

Very easy to care for and eats many things, infact mine eats brine shirmp pellets and liquid foods. Can't be bothered by many fish so I highly recommend it.

Contributed by Jose Valdes

I'd have to agree with several others stating not recommended. These creatures may be beautiful, but they are abhorrently difficult to keep in captivity, requiring suspended particulate foods in such a quantity that it would probably crash your tank. One may think that they are faring well, but in reality these things can go for months slowly starving to death before they actually die. Really a hit and miss. One should count it as a success only if they've kept one alive for more than a year.

Contributed by Jacob H

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