Florida Fighting Conch (Strombus spp.)
Max Size: 4 inches
Diet: Omnivore, Detritus
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 40 gallons
The Fighting Conch, despite its assertive name, exhibits a relatively mild disposition. While male Fighting Conches may display territorial behavior towards their fellow males, they coexist peacefully with other tankmates. These characteristics make the Fighting Conch a valuable addition to any home reef aquarium, as it leverages its exceptional sand sifting skills to maintain substrate cleanliness and aeration.
Recognized for their resilience, Fighting Conches thrive in environments with expansive, deep sand beds that facilitate their food foraging activities. While larger systems can accommodate multiple Fighting Conches, even smaller reef aquariums can house a single specimen. It's worth noting that Fighting Conches possess a hearty appetite, necessitating supplementary feeding in smaller setups and being advisable even in larger aquariums.
As omnivores, Fighting Conches primarily feed on detritus found in your aquarium substrate. To provide a balanced diet, consider offering them fresh fish and dried seaweed, as well as high-quality frozen foods. It's important to be cautious about nitrate levels, as the Fighting Conch, like other invertebrates, is sensitive to elevated levels and should not be exposed to copper-based medications.