Flame Scallop

Flame Scallop

Lima scabra


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Care Facts

Size: 1-4 inches
Care Level: Expert
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Phytoplankton
Origin: Caribbean & Indo-Pacific
Acclimation Time: 2+ Hours
Coral Safe:
Invertebrate Safe:
Minimum Tank Size:
The Flame Scallop, Lima scabra, is actually a bivalve mollusk and possesses the ability to propel itself through the water if threatened. Its rough shell is covered with small bumps and its fleshy interior has bright red appendages it uses to filter the water column for food. It is best housed in an established reef tank with plenty of live rock as it will use rocks and coral to create a nest. They are peaceful, can be kept in multiples, and should not be housed with aggressive tank mates. Because the Flame Scallop is a filter feeder and does not rely on photosynthesis, it is necessary to provide it with supplemental feedings of phytoplankton for survival. If cared for properly, the Flame Scallop is a fascinating organism to observe and would certainly add a splash of diversity to your tank. 

The flame scallop I got was feisty from the get go. As soon as I got it out of the bag, it squirt water at me! That's love at first sight:) It has moved around a bit, but for the most part it hosts my heater. At first, I thought it got stuck with the hoses and the heater. I moved it out a few times, it always finds its way back to the same spot. I have not done any direct feeding. But I dose phytoplankton every other day. I heard those things have short lifespan, but hopefully between that all all the other goodies, it will stay alive for awhile.


Reviewed by: Jeffrey Kuochan on June 18, 2015

Flame scallop was very big and healthy. Great buy but he does stir up the sand.


Reviewed by: Susan on March 11, 2015

Very nice specimen! Matched the color and quality of the high end local fish store - for a lot lower cost! Looks just like the picture.


Reviewed by: Patrick on March 9, 2015


Reviewed by: Becky Wyzykowski on Nov. 11, 2014

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