View Full Version : Are 2" or smaller Maxima's hard to keep?

03/16/2010, 07:17 PM
I'm trying to decide between a 2" Gold Maxima, a 3" Speckled Crocea and a 4.5" Blue Maxima. My LFS has the 2" Maxima, which is nice and I could just pick it up. But I believe they're more difficult at that size. The other two need to be shipped and cost more.

I had a 2" Blue Maxima a few years ago and it just suddenly died after a few weeks. I'd rather spend a little more to avoid this.

Any experience with these small Maxima's?

03/16/2010, 08:02 PM
I've had a 1" inch maxima for a few months now and it's doing fine and growing.

03/16/2010, 08:07 PM
They are a bit more touchy IME. I have read about people removing them from the tank for direct phyto feedings multiple times a week, but I have never resorted to that myself.


03/16/2010, 08:14 PM
I think they're easy.

03/17/2010, 07:00 AM
So nobody thinks they are harder to keep?

Sugar Magnolia
03/17/2010, 07:16 AM
They just need to be spot fed. Like pledosophy said, remove them to a bowl of tank water and dose with phyto.

03/17/2010, 10:55 AM
from what i have researched smaller then 2 inches need to be target fed as thats how they get all their nutrition, once they pass the 2 inch mark they rely more and more on photosynthesis and feeding is not needed.

03/17/2010, 01:43 PM
Squirt some selcon directly into the clam once a day. Oyster eggs and cyclopese can be fed as well.

03/17/2010, 02:41 PM
I've personally found that they need to be spot fed until about 3" in length. After that, it seems as if they can remain photosynthetic and not need anything additional out of the ordinary.

03/17/2010, 05:47 PM
OK, I decided on the 4.5" Blue Maxima. I'm just to nervious about the spot feeding as a staple for it's diet.