I have a 5 gallon cycled tank with 1 betta, 1 nerite snail, and a few live plants. So far over the past year I have had 3 snail deaths. 1 snail death was a fluke 1 week after I brought a batch of 3 (I named that one Shelldon). But the 2 that died within a day of each other were the surviving 2 of that batch (those two were Shelly and Big Shelldon because I am so creative XD).
The 4th snail I brought when Shelldon died is still alive. But I don't know if the Shelly and Big died from old age or because I'm doing something to kill them by accident. So I was wondering how long Nerite snails live. I don't know how old Shelly and Big were when I brought them, but I've had them for about 8 months before they died.
Does 8 months sound like a long life for a netrite snail?
Am I killing off snails in 8 months that should live for 8 years?
I want to know before I buy more snails. I'll just clean the walls of my tanks manually if my tank set up is a death sentence for nerites.