03-25-2009, 08:56 PM
| || |
There are nerites that do breed in FW but the larva sometimes fail to make it to the snail stage. One example is the European nerite (Theodoxus fluviatialis). Some olive nerites can breed in FW although the larva needs phytoplanktons and microalgae in order to survive to the snail stage but this step is very difficult to accomplish. You can culture algae yourself. Scrape algae from one tank and put it in a bucket of water with white rocks in the bucket. Add a handful of fishfood and put the bucket under sunlight. You should be able to grow algae in a few days. Keep alternating the use of algae coated rocks to continue the supply. If you cannot culture algae, stick to the rule of one nerite per 10-15g. They are effective algae eaters but they eat algae faster than the algae can grow.
Originally Posted by Fishin Pole
the research i have done about them tells me they are not plant eaters..........I have seen a few of the smaller ones i got on my one sword plant leaves and they did nothing but eat the algae off the leaves........In less than a week they have made a huge impact on the river stones in the middle of my 90.....
The egg laying will happen in freshwater from what i read, but then it states the eggs will not fully develop unless they are in a brackwater setup.......I was considering a 10 or 20 brackish setup and try to breed them, but i have never gone brackish or tried to breed snails so it would be an undertaking on my part, but the payoffs could be nice, because my shortime exposure to them has made me a big fan of them......