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I want to get some snails for my tanks, but I'm torn between mystery snails and nerites. I don't have a ton of algae in my tanks, but have no problem with supplemental feeding. Which do you prefer and why?
 

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I've had both in my tanks. Both do a great job on the green algae. However I prefer the Mystery snails. Not only do they do a good job on algae but they are fun to watch. Nerite snails just hang on the glass and don't move around that much. Mystery snails have many different colors where as nerite are mostly black or brown.
 

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I personally prefer nerite snails because they don't breed in freshwater, unlike mystery snails. Its good for me since I have a small 2.5 gallon tank, and I don't want it overrun with snails haha.
 

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I have both and each has its pros and cons.

Mystery Snails are certainly beautiful and I like them but not the waste they produce or the egg clutches which, to be honest, gross me out.

I prefer Nerite. They are so varied in color, pattern and type. But while their eggs won't hatch in freshwater, they will still lay them. Many people find them unsightly.

However...unless you have plenty of algae the large ones are not for you. The number one cause of Nerite death is starvation because usually they only eat natural algae. Nerite have been known to eat algae wafers and blanched vegetables but very few will.

That being said, there is the diminutive Horned Nerite.

Horned/Thorned Nerite:

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I honestly just like snails haha, I love watching them on the glass and plants. I'm always surprised how fast they are haha.
 
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