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widmer
11/11/2008, 04:08 PM
So a few months back I went in to the LFS to buy some snails. The employee who helped me was really nice, giving me a substantially better deal than what their listed prices were. As part of that deal, he threw in a free fighting conch which I didn't even ask for.

I have always thought of the fighting conch as the definition of a peaceful inhabitant until today- he would spend days at a time sitting in the sand, only coming out once in a while to move somewhere else. But a little while ago I saw some commotion, looked in and saw my fighting conch chasing down a stomatella snail to eat it. The violence kind of reminded me of something you'd see on an african safari. Just thought I'd throw that out there for you guys...

acrodave
11/11/2008, 04:26 PM
you sure you got a fighting conch i have had them and never botherd any thing ..you might got a tulip or a small horse conch

supersurfer12
11/11/2008, 06:40 PM
well imno expert but wouldnt a figthing conch well fight stuuf?

Gwynhidwy
11/12/2008, 07:00 AM
That's really weird. I've had fighting conchs for years in all of my tanks. They are one of my favorite clean up crew critters. Mine have never bothered anything at all. I'm with acrodave, maybe you got a different type of conch.

Sugar Magnolia
11/12/2008, 07:26 AM
Post a pic of the conch. It might be a whelk.

pagojoe
11/12/2008, 07:47 AM
LOL if it ate your Stomatella, it's not a Fighting Conch. They are strictly herbivores, and not only won't but can't eat other animals. Chances are you have a "Crown Conch," which isn't a conch at all, but a relative of the whelks. Look like this?

http://www.gastropods.com/0/Shell_1010.html

The real Fighting Conch looks like this:

http://www.gastropods.com/9/Shell_1329.html
http://www.gastropods.com/4/Shell_214.html

Cheers,




Don

pagojoe
11/12/2008, 07:51 AM
To answer Gwynhidwy's question, there are two different theories on how they came to be called Fighting Conchs. One is that they were named that because they "kick" when you pick them up. The other and more widely accepted theory is that Linnaeus thought the shell looked like a fist, thus the name "pugilis."

Cheers,



Don

Amoore311
11/12/2008, 07:56 AM
well imno expert but wouldnt a figthing conch well fight stuuf?

Would you expect Boxing Crabs to box lol? I'm just playing with you, but the reason they are called "Fighting Conch" is because they males
fight during mating time to determine sexual dominance.


Edit: Post above mine was posted while I was typing mine. I got my info from the ORA Website. They are aquaculturing Florida Fighting Conchs now.

widmer
11/12/2008, 09:39 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=13730759#post13730759 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by pagojoe
LOL if it ate your Stomatella, it's not a Fighting Conch. They are strictly herbivores, and not only won't but can't eat other animals. Chances are you have a "Crown Conch," which isn't a conch at all, but a relative of the whelks. Look like this?

http://www.gastropods.com/0/Shell_1010.html

The real Fighting Conch looks like this:

http://www.gastropods.com/9/Shell_1329.html
http://www.gastropods.com/4/Shell_214.html

Cheers,




Don

Hey thanks for the ID. You're correct, it's the same as seen in the second row of pictures in link 1. I wonder if I should give it back to the store then? I'm not sure how detrimental it's being to my stomatella population.

Amoore311
11/12/2008, 10:20 AM
I'd bring it back man. Some of them can hunt and kill fish as well. Not sure if that kind you have is capable of that, but why risk it?

ILuvTropicalFis
11/12/2008, 10:54 AM
Take it back. I had a snail once that was eating other snails. IMO this is never a good thing. They will get hungry and eat whatever unsuspecting creature they can.

idareefer
11/12/2008, 11:12 AM
I had some red foot whelks that came in as hitchhikers, they loved to eat porites.