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  • Snail, Conch Queen (Atlantic)

Snail, Conch Queen (Atlantic)

Product Description

Product Description

The Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) is one of the more common and popular conchs for home aquariums. Wild specimens can grow to over 1 foot in length, but they usually stay much smaller in the home aquarium. Individuals are typically much smaller juveniles when sold for aquariums. The shell is usually grey and the inside of the shell is peach or orange. These are avid plant-eaters and often starve if not given enough algae in the aquarium. The True Conchs (Strombus, Lambis, Tibia, Terebellum, Varicospira, and Eustrombus) are algae eaters with some of the most iconic "seashell" shapes. They are usually found buried in the substrate, most often finer sand environments and may live in the open sandbed or on the reef. Some, especially Strombus and Lambis conchs, have well developed eyes that will watch the action around them. These eyes extend from under the lip of the shell and the left eye usually expends from a notch in the side of the shell. Conchs feed on algae and detritus in the aquarium. They need a large amount of plant matter in their diet and may starve if out-competed for food or if there is not enough algae in the aquarium to support them. Since most conchs - especially larger, mature snails - hav(more...),

Minimum Tank Size

100 gallons

Care Level

Moderate

Water Conditions

1.022-1.026, 8.0-8.4, 75-82,

Max Size

12 inches