Fighting Conch

Fighting Conch

Strombus gibberulus

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Care Facts

Size: 1-2 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Algae
Origin: Aquacultured
Acclimation Time: 2+ Hours
Coral Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons
Fighting conches are a member of Strobidae family. They are commonly known as queen fighting conches. Conches are found in tropical oceans all over the world. The queen conch sometimes produces a hard mass called a conch pearl. Many species of true conchs live on sandy bottoms among beds of sea grass in tropical waters. Fighting conches feed on algae and have a claw-shaped operculum. Fighting conches are omnivorous. Fighting conches have spirally constructed shells. Fighting conches grow a flared lip on their shells only upon reaching sexual maturity. Fighting conches lay eggs in long strands: the eggs are contained in twisted gelatinous tubes. It is easy to care of them. Fighting conches are reef compatible. Fighting conches have a peaceful temperament. Hermit crabs can kill the fighting conches. Fighting conches feed on detritus. Fighting conches have a long operculum, a hardened area of the animal?s foot that covers the opening in the shell when the conch retracts inside. Fighting conches will squirt water when in open air. Fighting conchs are colorful. Food supplements such as fresh fishes, and dried seaweed, as well as high quality frozen feeds to supplement what they fed on from the bottom of the tank. The fighting conch shows a peaceful temperament. Fighting conches are reef compatible. They thrive under water conditions of 72-78 degree Fahrenheit. The pH of the water should be 8.1 to 8.5 pH. "Peaceful" fighting conches do not possess any stinging cells, and do not release chemicals to ward off their neighbors. Fighting conches do not require any special feeding techniques and can tolerate less than perfect water conditions. It requires a moderate lighting and moderate water flow, along with both sandy and rocky locations. It requires a strong current and good water quality in order to flourish in the tank.

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