Tiger Fighting Conch Snail
Tiger Sand Conch (Strombus species) make wonderful aquarium sand cleaners/sifters. They benefit a reef aquarium by burrowing and plowing through the sand, aerating and cleaning as they go. They are great at removing detritus and oxygenating the dead spots, helping to eliminate red or green slime algae. They will stir and clean upper layers of the sand bed, removing diatoms, slime, detritus, and most other unwanted debris or algae settlilng on the sand. Sold at 1.5-2" size.
Feeding: If no algae is present in the aquarium you may supplement the Tonga Fighting Conchs' diet with live macro algae or dried seaweed (nori).
Growth: Maintaining proper Ca, Alk, & Mg levels is important for growth of their shells.
Tip: Don't forget about your water parameters when combating algae blooms. Water chemistry is every bit as important as a good clean-up crew.
Care Level: Easy
Reef Compatible: Yes
Diet: Detritus, omnivore
Water Conditions: 75-80° F; sg 1.024-1.026 (1.025 is ideal); pH 8.1-8.4 Ca 420-440 ppm, Alk 8-9.5 dKH, Mg 1260-1350, Nitrates <10ppm, Phosphates < .10ppm