Fighting Conch (Strombus alatus)
Phylum: Mollusca, Class: Gastropoda
Size: 4 in. Space:: 100+ gal. Diet: Algae, detritus
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Peaceful
Natural History: Fighting conches are herbivores that climb over rocks and chew algae from the surface. The fighting conch burrows beneath the sand to additionally feed on detritus. It is not aggressive and moves with a lurching motion. It may actually 'hop' if alarmed. It also has well developed eyes on stalks that it can peer with from beneath its shell.
Husbandry: Without algae on live rock, dried seaweed (Nori) should be provided to the Fighting Conch. They are very hardy in a well-established aquarium with a healthy growth of algae. Hermit crabs can kill them. They may burrow for days at a time.
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