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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-18-2012, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Need info on nerite zebra snails

Though I've been doing research I do have many questions about the Nerites that I cannot seem to find anyone to answer. Most of them are out of curiosity

1- Do they do well in unheated tanks? (been thinking more than 1) and put them in a seperate tank but getting yet another heater will take me a while >_< if they do well, Im not getting any more. Just 1 in a heated tank with my betta is fine.

2- Apart from algae eaters, are they in a way scavangers? do they eat flake veggie food for example D:

3- When getting them as a tank mate, how long does people quaritine them?

4- How can you tell if one is sick or unwell?

5- How can you tell a healthy snail from a sickly one when buying from a pet store

6- Shrimp or snails to clean your tank and why ?

7- How can you tell apart their sex? Or are they hermaphrodite like land snails

8- What do you do when they lay eggs? How to remove them?

9- Is it true that snails climb out of your tank if they are unhappy with their living conditions?

10- Do snails get stressed like betta's and how can you tell?

11- What is beneficial and what isn't for snails? (I know cuttlefish bone is good for them but some medications might not agree, what about epsom salt for example?)

12- How often are they fed algae wafers.

13- If fed in a different container, (because bettas nom on the wafer) how long would you leave them there with the food?

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They prefer warm water and shrimp have lower bio-load.
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  • 1- Do they do well in unheated tanks? (been thinking more than 1) and put them in a seperate tank but getting yet another heater will take me a while >_< if they do well, Im not getting any more. Just 1 in a heated tank with my betta is fine.
  • They can survive in lower temperatures. i wouldnt go below 70F

    2- Apart from algae eaters, are they in a way scavangers? do they eat flake veggie food for example D:
  • depends. some eats exclusively algae, others will take veggie and flakes.

    3- When getting them as a tank mate, how long does people quaritine them?
  • I dont quarantine, but Im sure you can float a cup with some plants in the tank for a while if you dont have a separate tank.


    4- How can you tell if one is sick or unwell?
  • They will stay in their shells and not come out


    5- How can you tell a healthy snail from a sickly one when buying from a pet store
  • Pick the most active ones. if its not moving, dont get it.

    6- Shrimp or snails to clean your tank and why ?
  • snails. they're like moving sponges. shrimps are slower, but with less bioload

    7- How can you tell apart their sex? Or are they hermaphrodite like land snails
  • they are nit hermaphrodites.
    to tell them apart...?
    dissect them...and see


    8- What do you do when they lay eggs? How to remove them?
  • Eggs wont batch in fresh water. just scrape them off or leave them alone


    9- Is it true that snails climb out of your tank if they are unhappy with their living conditions?
  • Maybe, soemetimes they just want to climb out for no reason.

    10- Do snails get stressed like betta's and how can you tell?
  • when they stay in their shells and dont come out


    11- What is beneficial and what isn't for snails? (I know cuttlefish bone is good for them but some medications might not agree, what about epsom salt for example?)
  • aq salt is fine for these guys. no copper. not sure about epsom salt. extra calcium is always appreicated

    12- How often are they fed algae wafers.
  • ??? as often as you want..? if they eat it?

    13- If fed in a different container, (because bettas nom on the wafer) how long would you leave them there with the food?
  • yoi can always feed inside a cup floated inside the tank...

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aokashi. You are awesome <3 And thanks choco, the info helped as well. Yeah I'm torn between a snail and shrimp XD
I thought of a nice 2-3 gallon tank with 2 or 3 ghost shrimp, decorate it with plenty of niches for them to hide, I'm excited.
Though honestly I'm going broke XD either i'm spoiling a betta or getting something lol. I wonder how you guys do it to keep self control lol


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Hmm. snails are more forgiving on bad tank parameters :P
here's a lovely pic of my nerite who posed just for you!

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wow they look beautiful D:

now I dunno what to get XD another snail for cheshire's tank mate or shrimp ina seperate tank XD

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