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Author Topic: Neritina natalensis (Zebra Snail) Anyone have these?  (Read 2327 times)
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« on: April 11, 2008, 07:38:41 PM »

Hi Guys,
 I've been reading up on snails and algae eaters in general. We have the green spot algae in our non planted tank. We had the lights set to run at 12 hours a day and read that we should do less. We set it to run about 9-10 hours a day today. We have just under 2 watts per gallon on this tank. We did have plants in this tank and we were getting the hair algae on the plants and ended up moving them to the 45 gallon which has helped greatly. More plants in one place and less algae though there is still some hair algae.

 Now the 29 gallon looks bare and while we are scraping by hand to get the green spot algae off (we know it's our job to remove algae) we are barely keeping it at bay and we found that Neritina natalensis (Zebra Snail) will eat this type of algae. They are less common in the US. We thought we'd try to find one and give it a try. We like the look of the snail and it is not said to breed easily in home aquariums. Thought we'd see if any of you have any experience with this type of snail. Other inhabitants are listed in our signature and include 7 cories, 1 male betta, 8 cherry barbs and 5 neon tetra. We will likely up the neon tetra in the future. Otherwise tank is complete. We will also plant the tank if and when we can afford it again. For now the 45 gallon is nicely planted and the 29 gallon is very bare and ugly.
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