Nerite snails can be both freshwater or saltwater snails. In this article, we discuss the freshwater aquarium snails. Nerite snails have a reputation for being proficient algae-eating snails while also being peaceful snails that get along with other peaceful tankmates. Here’s everything you need to know about caring for freshwater nerite snails.
|Size:||Up to 1 inch|
|Minimum Tank Size:||5 Gallons|
|Tank Set-Up:||Freshwater: Rocks and Driftwood|
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Nerite Snail Images
Types of Nerite Snails
- Zebra Nerite Snail
- Tiger Nerite Snail
- Olive Nerite Snail
- Black Racer Nerite Snail
- Horned Nerite Snail
The average size of nerite snails ranges from 1/2 to 1 inch in size. Nerite snails usually grow to 1 inch in size during their lifespan but there are instances where some snails grow to 1 1/2 inches.
The average lifespan of a nerite snail is about one year. With proper water conditions and a healthy diet, a nerite snail can live to 2 years or more.
Nerite snails are always eating as they move. Nerite Snails are one of the best algae eating snails. Their diet can include soft film algae, soft green algae, soft brown algae, and brown diatoms. You will need to supplement their diet with small bits of cucumber, blanched spinach and lettuce.
Freshwater aquarium fish like:
Some species of aquarium shrimp:
Avoid Goldfish and cichlids like the Jack Dempsey as these fish can attack or nip at the snail. They can also devour the snail.
A single nerite snail can inhabit a 5-gallon aquarium. For every 5-gallons of water, you can add another nerite snail. For example, if you have a 10-gallon aquarium, you can add two nerite snails.
- Aquarium pH: 7.2 – 7.5.
- Water Temperature: 72 – 78 Degrees Fahrenheit.
- Hardness: Hard.
- Lighting: Normal aquarium lighting.
Things To Consider
How To Buy Healthy Gold Inca Snails
When you buy nerite snails, their shells should be free from cracks and signs of wear and tear. The snail should be active, stick to a hard surface, or moving about the tank. Do not buy nerite snails that are upside down or motionless. If you do buy a snail, make sure that the shell is not empty.
Planted aquariums provide extra food for the nerite snail to eat. Live aquarium plants shed plant matter that the snail may eat.
Nerite snails do not reproduce in freshwater aquariums. They need brackish water for reproduction to be successful. But, they do lay eggs. You may see Nerite snail eggs on hard surfaces like decorations, filters, or the heater. The baby snails won’t survive in freshwater as they need salt water to grow. All you have to do is scrape the eggs off the surface and remove them from the tank.
- First evidence of sleep in snails – https://phys.org/news/2011-02-evidence-snails.html
- Wet Adhesion and Adhesive Locomotion of Snails on Anti-Adhesive Non-Wetting Surfaces – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3365046/
- How do snails obtain food? – http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio210/s2012/hegge_jaco/nutrition.htm
- Spawning and intra-capsular development of Neritina zebra – https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07924259.2009.9652299