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Old 12/09/2006, 10:53 AM   #1
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Fighting conch?

I have a 40 gallon breeder (36 X 12) and was thinking of picking up two fighting conchs tomorrow. I have been doing a lot of reading and research but I am a bit worried. I have a very active sand bed with about a zillion (I counted each one) dime sized or smaller stars in the sand bed along with a good population of brittle stars.

Would the fighting conch do any damage to those?


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Old 12/09/2006, 10:59 AM   #2
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Not likely. They're detritus eaters. Those little stars are probably asterinas, which won't get any larger---do they have one or two notably shorter legs? They mostly eat coralline.


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Old 12/09/2006, 11:06 AM   #3
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Not asterinas, I got them from Indo Pacific Sea Farms, also detritus eaters.


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Old 12/09/2006, 12:07 PM   #4
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The fighting conch is a great part of my cleanup crew. I would just get one though. You are better off with a variety of cleaners. Diversity is key. Think about getting some nassarius, ceriths and the fighting conch for your sandbed.


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Old 12/09/2006, 12:31 PM   #5
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Actually, I have about 5 nassarius and some ceriths in there already. I was debating between one or two fighting conchs. I may just go for one.


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Old 12/09/2006, 12:38 PM   #6
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Not likely. They're detritus eaters. Those little stars are probably asterinas, which won't get any larger---do they have one or two notably shorter legs? They mostly eat coralline.
Are you saying these are bad for the reef tank?


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Old 12/09/2006, 02:20 PM   #7
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I would go with only one. A 40 is on the lower end of the acceptable range to keep one adult.


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Old 12/09/2006, 05:15 PM   #8
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Then one it is!


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