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Author Topic: Nerite snails  (Read 1961 times)
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« on: November 08, 2010, 11:38:50 AM »

Just read about nerite snails at  While my tank is not in direct sunlight, there is one window in the next room over and two stories up that the sun comes through for about an hour in the morning.  I believe the slime I'm seeing on the inside of the glass is algae.  Are the snails a good idea?  Suggestion was 1 per gallon...sounds like a ton of snails.  Again, any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2010, 02:43:29 PM »

I suppose you could do 1 per gallon but thats a bit much.... Id do one snail per 2-3 gals... if it was a 20gal id do 10 snails max.... sure i only had 3 in my 20gal.

shrimp will do a better job of eating algae... Nerite will eat algae too but mainly they just look nice  Smiley.

Also my nerites never really lived that long, about a year (Not to sure what there life span is proud).... but they are better suited to brakish water....

« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2010, 07:38:28 PM »

I've had my nerites for two years or so and they seem to be fine. They are AMAZING algae eaters. I put some algae covered brigs in the tank, and the nerites swarmed over them, and when they left the brigs were clean. lol The only thing is that they'll lay eggs (that won't hatch in freshwater but are darn hard to get off plants).
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