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BFbW #2: “Species Spotlight”- Nerite Snails

“Species Spotlight”- Nerite Snails
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Where are they found?


Nerite Snails are found in the Caribbean Islands and Florida. 
What kind of water is good for this species?


They are highly adaptable, and can live in freshwater, brackish and marine as in the wild they often transfer to different bodies of water. Nerites cannot breed in freshwater, so you will not be able to breed in most tanks. Like all snails they prefer hard water.


Can they escape from the tank?


Yes. Nerites are known to escape from the tank. It is said that when happy and comfortable they will not escape, and if uncomfortable in the habitat they will escape. I have never witnessed my Nerite escape, but definitely keep your tank tightly shut. They can survive after escaping, simply pick them up and plop the snail back in the tank.


What do they eat?


Nerites eat mainly algae (and they eat a ton of it!), but will eat some un-eaten food from the fish.
How do they get along with other fish?
Nerites are very peaceful, and are extremely docile. They are compatible with any fish that will not attack them.
What size are they?
About ˝ -1 inch.


Are they colorful?


Yes. Nerites come in many different patterns. The most common is a yellow/black zebra pattern (Zebra Nerite), and there is also a red/yellow Nerite with black spots in a "tire track pattern (Tracked Nerite). I own a Tracked Nerite.


Do they make good tank-mates for bettas?

Yes. In my opinion, they are the best invert tank-mate. They have the docile nature of most snails, are small, cannot breed, and they cannot be pecked at as their antenna stay underneath the shell most of the time. I keep my Nerite with a male betta in a 5 gallon tank


What is the minimum tank size for Nerites?


In my opinion 5 gallons is the minimum, but you could go down to 3 gallons.





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Do apple snails eat algae too? I should get one for my 10 gallon. What is the easiest to care for species?
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Nerite, zebra I think.

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Do apple snails eat algae too? I should get one for my 10 gallon. What is the easiest to care for species?
I'm not sure on apple snails, I will do some more research. None of the common freshwater snails are hard to care for. It really comes down to is who can breed, who can't breed, who poops a lot, and who doesn't poop a lot. Nerites can't breed in freshwater, and don't poop nerly as much as an apple snail.
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Nerite, zebra I think.
Is it yours? ;) Definately a Zebra.

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Do apple snails eat algae too? I should get one for my 10 gallon. What is the easiest to care for species?
I think Apple Snail is just another name for those greenish-yellow Mystery Snails, and mystery snails don't eat much algae.
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Is it yours? ;) Definately a Zebra.
It is mine and I have 2. Sure hope they will breed, haven't tried them together yet. Right now they are in different tanks happily munching on algae, they are wonderful for cleaning tanks.
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So a 2 gallon tank is no good huh, shame i really wanted a betta to have a friend. Qq
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I think a 2g would be fine. It takes DAYS for Milly and Gammon to make their way across their 2.5 sections in my divided tank. They have low bioload which is why they're better than apple snails in a small tank.

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MUCH lower... but poo will build up, especially with alot to eat.
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I think Apple Snail is just another name for those greenish-yellow Mystery Snails, and mystery snails don't eat much algae.
I think Mystery Snails are just another name for Apples? Correct me if I'm wrong.

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It is mine and I have 2. Sure hope they will breed, haven't tried them together yet. Right now they are in different tanks happily munching on algae, they are wonderful for cleaning tanks.
Nice!

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So a 2 gallon tank is no good huh, shame i really wanted a betta to have a friend. Qq
If you really keep up with the water changes, then could give it a go.

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I think a 2g would be fine. It takes DAYS for Milly and Gammon to make their way across their 2.5 sections in my divided tank. They have low bioload which is why they're better than apple snails in a small tank.
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MUCH lower... but poo will build up, especially with alot to eat.
I think you guys are right, a 2g flitered would be OK. I actually decided after I wrote the article to set-up a nerite snail 3-gallon KK. lol

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~Countless Pond Snails~1 Espe's Rasbora~1 Harlequin Rasbora~

5 and 5.5 Gallon Tanks:
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