Grade my clam

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by Gablami, Sep 1, 2017.

  1. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    With all this talk of clams, I have no idea what "grade" my 6 inch maxima is. Looked online and can't find any accepted grading system.

    Of course there are some gorgeous "ultra" clam photos, but I suspect that there is some degree of grade inflation when it comes down to the actual product received.

    I'm trying to decide how much nicer a new ultra blue maxima will be compared to the one I currently have...


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  2. Looks like an ultra to me.
  3. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Colorado member

    I've seen $40 that look better than $100 ones. That's why I'd want to see the clam before paying for it.
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  4. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Really? I was comparing mine to ultras online, like this one. But that's exactly it. I wonder whether wholesellers would call mine an ultra, even though there are obviously more "ultra-ultra" clams out there.

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  5. Always hard to tell because we are never sure of others lighting, but yours has that neon blue that I think makes it an ultra. Ultimately it's subjective though.
  6. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Hard to say unless it was bought graded. How big is that maxima?

    Most of the ultras have full patterns on their mantles.
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  7. iCon

    iCon Supporting Member

    I'd go the other way and say not ultra but it's all in the eye of the beholder. Different seller, different definition. I also don't think lighting plays too much of a role in the mantle pattern. Color? Absolutely, but the pattern is either there or not.
  8. I think you're probably right.
  9. iCon

    iCon Supporting Member

    But I mean why not just start calling it a true limited release ultra clam and sell it for 3x :)
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