Hippopus Clam

(Hippopus hippopus)

Hippopus Clams should be added to well established aquariums with a sandy or small gravel bottomed aquarium. They should also be provided strong lighting, good water flow and the addition of calcium, strontium and iodine for long term success. Hippopus Clams have the ability to detect light changes with the eye spots on their mantles outer edge. Hippopus Clams receive most of their nutrients from photosynthesis. They also filter the aquarium water for small particles but will benefit from small pieces of meaty foods as well as phytoplankton. Invertebrates do not tolerate copper medications and are sensitive to salinity changes. Never forcefully remove a clam if it has attached itself as it will cause damage to their foot.

Hippopus Clams are also sometimes known as Giant, Horses Hoof, Bear Claw or Strawberry Clams. They are sometimes seen in the aquarium trade. Hippopus hippopus, exhibit a wide range of colors and patterns, which can vary depending on the individual, its age, and the specific environmental conditions. Common colors include shades of blue, green, brown, and various combinations of colors. They can grow up to 24".

Water conditions: Salinity 1.023 - 1.025 Temp (F) 72 - 78, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Hardness 8 - 12 dKH

  • Care: CareModerateModerate CareEasyEasy
  • Behavior: BehaviorSocialSocial
  • Diet: DietLive FoodLive Food
  • Habitat: HabitatReefReef HabitatSand FlatSand Flat
  • Light: LightHighHigh