Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Posts
    59

    fighting conch - feeding

    I bought two of these awhile back and now I've got my algae resolved, with pure white sand now for over a week, I am worried that these two little guys aren't getting enough to eat. They are stretching up as high as they can on the rocks and glass to get food.

    Question:
    What and how can I feed these guys?
    90 Gal - 48x18x24
    Coralife 2x250W 10K MH 2x96W True Actinic
    Coralife Super Skimmer (Needle Wheel) 220
    TOM PS4 Filter with Auto Top-off
    2 x Maxi-Jet 900 Power Heads

    100 LBS Live Rock
    1 Six Line Wrasse
    1 Blue Chromis
    1 African Red Starfish
    8 Black Turbo Snails
    1 Red Hermit, 1 Halloween Hermit, 15 Blue Leg Hermits
    Aquasafe RO/DI 100GPH

  2. #2
    Senior Member Seahunter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    806
    they should be fine.....then again, how old is your tank?
    225g SSB display, World Fish Custom Sump/Fuge/Filter, H&S A250-2X1260, h&S sulphur reactor, Reeflo Dart 3600g return on a wavy sea plus, 4X Tunze 6101, Deltec PF600, Octopus 3000, Aquazone Ozone 100,
    Lights: 2X250W 10K XMs, 1X400W10K XM, 6XT5s Al lights controlled by AC Jr.

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Posts
    59
    Tough answer. I had a 55G for almost 2 years. Jan 2, 2007 I moved everything to a 90G. So in the current setup... hmm, I'd say 6 weeks. After the move I was battling algae so I got these two conchs to help with the sandbed algae...

    All the rock and 50G of original water came to the new tank.


    I did have to add some sand about 50 lbs to the existing.


    What do you think, feed them? what and how?
    90 Gal - 48x18x24
    Coralife 2x250W 10K MH 2x96W True Actinic
    Coralife Super Skimmer (Needle Wheel) 220
    TOM PS4 Filter with Auto Top-off
    2 x Maxi-Jet 900 Power Heads

    100 LBS Live Rock
    1 Six Line Wrasse
    1 Blue Chromis
    1 African Red Starfish
    8 Black Turbo Snails
    1 Red Hermit, 1 Halloween Hermit, 15 Blue Leg Hermits
    Aquasafe RO/DI 100GPH

  4. #4
    Former Moderator a4twenty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    2,819
    they will eat pretty much anything that settles on the bottom. if your worried about them getting enough you could target feed ( just put it on the bottom ) with some dried seaweed or meaty food ( frozen or fresh ).

    HTH
    `

    120S RR tank with 60G basement sump / fuge

    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
    Other: RODI, RDSB, PO4/AC reactor


    My Gallery

  5. #5
    Senior Member Seahunter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    806
    Quote Originally Posted by a4twenty
    they will eat pretty much anything that settles on the bottom. if your worried about them getting enough you could target feed ( just put it on the bottom ) with some dried seaweed or meaty food ( frozen or fresh ).

    HTH
    good advice.
    225g SSB display, World Fish Custom Sump/Fuge/Filter, H&S A250-2X1260, h&S sulphur reactor, Reeflo Dart 3600g return on a wavy sea plus, 4X Tunze 6101, Deltec PF600, Octopus 3000, Aquazone Ozone 100,
    Lights: 2X250W 10K XMs, 1X400W10K XM, 6XT5s Al lights controlled by AC Jr.

  6. #6
    Senior Member boyohboy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    358
    I got 1 of those in my 50g for a few months, never feed it even after it cleaned all the sand's algae (amazing job tho!). Tho I found when there was algae, the conch moved around alot, and could be seen crawling all day on top of the sand, and then tried to climb the rocks/glass for the last bit of algae just like urs. Now that the algae it can reach is gone, I hardly see it (almost thought it's dead). It seems to just bury itself in the sand all day and not do much. I'm guessing without the abundant of food, it just sits and waits, and only comes out when it smells food perhaps?
    Hardwares: 50G reef tank, 30G sump & ~55lb Indo/Fiji LR. Finnex 36"x4 T5 lights, Coralife Superskimmer 220g, Mag9.5 return and SEIO820+MJ600 PH.
    Corals: zoosss, mushrooms, hammer, torch, fogsprawn, blasto, crocea clam, RBTA
    Fish: Percular clown PJ cardinal, royal gramma, yellow watchman goby, 3x chromis.

  7. #7
    Senior Member Bram's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    1,971
    You can add some of the plant fertilizer (iron), just a small dose will increase the algae and plakoton productivity, be prepared though for more green colouring.
    Ive also loaned them to people who are having algate problems for a while while my tank grows more algae.
    ive heard of people feeding algae discs but mine have never touched the stuff.
    Who says Dogs are the only creature that's happy to see you?

    Pics --> http://aquariacanada.com/PhotoPost/s...r=1248&cat=500

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    460
    Increase your photoperiod and feed your tank more. You'll have a quick sprouting of hair algea. But for the most part I wouldn't worry in almost all tanks there is something for them to graze on.
    Jason

Similar Threads

  1. Still fighting the little diseases :(
    By jklink in forum Just Getting Started
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 07-12-2005, 05:03 PM
  2. stop fighting
    By tha_MAN in forum Reef Discussion
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 03-20-2004, 05:44 PM
  3. Fighting Conch??
    By AndrewNS in forum ARRG
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 01-22-2004, 07:58 PM
  4. Fighting conch's
    By UpClose in forum ARRG
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-11-2003, 10:55 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •