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Nerite's Shell...

I got two Nerites from an LFS in the city nearby and added them to my divided 10gallon with my two bettas a few days ago. Both are healthy and alive, save for the big one has holes in his shell, I assume from the lower pH int he store's tanks (6.0 vs my 7.5-8.0). I know my pH level will be alright for them, and at least it can't get worse (I don't think?). My main concern though is if the shell will fix itself, or if he'll be pockmarked forever.

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I have one with chips, his name is Chip

I've had him for a few months now and his chips are still the same, one looks pretty deep too. I have very hard water so I hope it helps him (or her).

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Yup, that's exactly what it looks like. I think it happens cause the pH being lower softens their shell - so if they fall onto the gravel it chips into the shell and holes develop.

I hope we get answers then, lol. Or at least an assurance that he should be okay from now on.

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I hope your snail is ok. :(
Have you ever seen the horned nerites?

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I haven't no, just olives and zebras.

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I just did a quick search, and apparently they'll stay scarred, but they'll be OK. I'll let you know if I find anything else on it, because I'm curious as well.

They come in more colors than this (our baby is green, I think), but they have spiky shells.

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Oh cool! No, didn't see anything like that at the shops =)

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we found ours at the store we got our mislabeled king betta at.

So, their shell grows from the outer edge, so chips won't fill in, but according to my research, superglue and clear nail polish can be used to fill in any holes.

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I don't know if I'd want to introduce those sort of chemicals to the tank tho >.>

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it needs more looking into. But I guess these were all snails in regularly stocked tanks? I'm not 100% sure from the context.

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