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Old 08-04-2014, 08:48 PM   #1 
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Nerite Stocking Advice?

I'd like to get some nerite snails to help combat some algae in my ten gallon divided betta tank. Currently there are three bettas in it, and I'd like to add one nerite snail per compartment (so three snails, three bettas.) I know they like to wander into other sections, which is fine because I can just move them back. According to Aqadvisor, the stocking rate would only be 68%. I have a simple sponge filter and the water stays at about 78F. Mildly planted.
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Old 08-04-2014, 09:02 PM   #2 
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I just love my nerites, especially the colithian coronas...they look like lil bumble bees on the plants. Some of mine are starting to get big, and they do a great job with keeping the glass clean. As long as they have enough to eat, they should be fine. It is best to add them to an established tank.

I keep rocks in a jar in the sun to make algae rocks to feed them when the tank looks like there is nothing to eat, and add a piece of cuttlebone to your tank to keep their shells strong. I shove the cuttlebone under a piece of the bog wood in the tank to hold it down.

I asked once how would I know if they need to be fed...the answer is they will write "food" in snail slime on the glass - lol.

btw...nerites need a lid on the tank as they will ecape.
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Old 08-06-2014, 06:07 PM   #3 
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Thanks for the advice on the cuttlebone and the rocks in a jar! There is a lid on the tank ;)
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:32 PM   #4 
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I don't see a problem, if that's what you're asking. Nerites will be just fine in there. Protip: look around at LFS instead of PetSmart, they usually have better colors/patterns (and better life expectancy...)
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Old 08-08-2014, 08:27 AM   #5 
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eBay is actually another good place for nerites.
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Old 08-08-2014, 01:17 PM   #6 
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I actually just got some at petsmart last night XD They were cheaper there, and I'm fine with less color. I ended up with two black ones and a zebra.
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Old 08-10-2014, 12:52 AM   #7 
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So they've been in there for a couple of days now... but "in" might not be the right word for it. They've been hanging out under the hood out of the water since they got home. Is this normal behavior? My last nerite never did anything like this, he always stayed in the water. So much for cleaning up that algae XD
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Old 08-10-2014, 09:53 AM   #8 
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What's the temp and water parameters? Nerites are sensitive and mine only came out when the water was on the warmer end (82+)
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The temp is about 78F, I can run a param test later but I have to head out for a few hours today.
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Old 08-10-2014, 01:39 PM   #10 
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Betta generally like lower pH. Don't install cuttlebone or any hardness or pH modifier.until you know what your hardness (GH and KH) and pH are.

Nerites don't mind a slightly lower pH than most snails. But it sounds like they don't like the current parameters.

Float some Anubias in there for shade and hides and sleeping. Your fish will thank you.

(Notice how these threads often come in pairs, Flint?) ;-}

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