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The Sand Sifting Conch, commonly known as the Fighting Conch (Strombus spp.), is a beneficial marine invertebrate often chosen for its sand-sifting abilities. Here are some details about the Sand Sifting Conch for aquarium enthusiasts:



  • Average Size: Varies by species, typically 2-4 inches
  • Tank Size Required: Suitable for various tank sizes, with larger tanks allowing for more natural behavior.


Temperament: Sand Sifting Conchs are peaceful and make excellent additions to reef and marine aquariums. They are known for their sand-burrowing behavior.


Diet: These conchs primarily feed on detritus, uneaten food, and organic matter in the sand. They help to prevent the buildup of detritus and maintain the cleanliness of the substrate.


Characteristics and Looks: The Sand Sifting Conch has a spiral-shaped shell with a long, slender, and muscular foot that it uses for movement and burrowing into the sand. The coloration can vary, but they often have a mottled or speckled appearance.


Care Level: Considered easy to care for. Provide a substrate with a sufficient depth of sand for burrowing.


Water Parameters:

  • pH: 8.1-8.4
  • gH (General Hardness): 8-12 dGH
  • kH (Carbonate Hardness): 8-12 dKH
  • TDS (Total Dissolved Solids): 32-45 ppm
  • Temperature: 72-78°F


Disclaimer: Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, their team of experts is always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on the care of Sand Sifting Conchs in your specific aquarium setup.

Sand Sifting Conch

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