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post #1 of 21 Old 03-14-2012, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
nitrite snails

i have a freshwater aquarium and was reading that these snails can be acclimated to fresh water. was wondering how much truth there is to this. in my state it is illegal to have fresh water species of snails. so i was going to be a good law biding citizen (even though it is completely stupid as i live in maine and it is no where NEAR tropical so there are types of snails that would be ok for an aquarium but wouldn't be able to live threw the 4 inch thick ice of the winters here) and get a salt water that i can acclimate to freshwater if that is possible. i have only read that it is, not talked to anyone who has done this first hand. if you have any experience or happen to know if this is true or false. please let me know

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post #2 of 21 Old 03-15-2012, 01:31 AM
Nerite snails can and will survive the exchange from salt to fresh, you just need to take extreme caution when taking the drip acclimation procedure, and they should do well. They love to eat algae and are very interesting to own. I wouldn't advise them if they are illegal in your state

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Nerite snails can and will survive the exchange from salt to fresh, you just need to take extreme caution when taking the drip acclimation procedure, and they should do well. They love to eat algae and are very interesting to own. I wouldn't advise them if they are illegal in your state
they sell them here. just as salt water. so they are legal to be possessed here. and they do not reproduce in freshwater so i am not to worried about any being flushed or exchanged if i should happen to be getting rid of plants or dead plant matter. would you happen to know how long i should do the drip acclimation procedure?

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post #4 of 21 Old 03-15-2012, 02:23 AM
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I myself would do it for a minimum of around 3 hours Becasue going from saltwater to fresh is a drastic change

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I myself would do it for a minimum of around 3 hours Becasue going from saltwater to fresh is a drastic change
Thank you. i want to do this properally, and without causing harm to the snail. i will be very upset if the poor snail doesn't make it. i am going to try it with one first and then get more if it works. i have three tanks that i would like to add snails to. though i do have a question of how you sex them. i don't want a bunch of snail eggs in the tanks that don't have cory fish as they will be a pain to clean.

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post #6 of 21 Old 03-16-2012, 08:57 AM
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Before trying to change the snail from a full marine setup to a freshwater setup make sure to do your research first. I would look up the proper scientific name for both nerite snails sold for saltwater and also the scientific name for nerite snails sold for freshwater, make sure you a are dealing with the same snail. If so for acclimating the snail from a saltwater setup to a freshwater setup IMHO it is going to take more than a few hours. The chemistry of saltwater and freshwater is different and each react with the cells differently. 3 hours I think would still be to sudden of a change. I would imagine that a similar method that is used on some fish in which over a period of weeks you would change the salinity of the water. If you look in the threads for brackish fish and puffers this should give you some idea. Good luck
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I think the drip will work for ya, I've also heard that not all Nerites can be acclimated, It may be more of an experiment for you and I wish ya luck, try to take as long as possible with the drip,
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I think the drip will work for ya, I've also heard that not all Nerites can be acclimated, It may be more of an experiment for you and I wish ya luck, try to take as long as possible with the drip,
thank you. i would have to find out the latin name and look it up and make sure. i don't want to kill any in the process

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I would just buy nerite snails that are sold as freshwater... That way they're already adjusted.

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I would just buy nerite snails that are sold as freshwater... That way they're already adjusted.
yes it would be but i can't buy them that are already sold as freshwater as they are illigal if they are sold as freshwater snails.

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