Hi just wanted to share my experiences with my nerites and other snails. As far as parameters I follow the stats below:
Temp= 65-85 F ...I am normally at 76-78
PH= 7-8 ...Definately above 7
dH= 12-18 ...& above is fine
A diet they all seem to like Omega One Veggie Rounds..But the all prefer real fresh grown algae. I have noticed none of the snails, especially the Zebras, don't like bright light. I have added floating plants to dim it down and also quit running light so long. Also it seems every breed of nerite has its own personality traits. Zebra
- likes to eat off glass & decorations, happily eats veggie rounds, likes the dark Olives-
Normally stick to eating off the glass...they don't like walking on the substrate and rarely walk on decorations Horned Coronas
- normally don't like to crawl on substrate but love climbing on anything and everything else, they are pretty active. They really prefer to only eat algae off large stones in my tank. Golden Apple snails-
right now are in estivation (hibernation) and just sleep on the wall at the top of the tank.. they love bloodworms but make sure you get the calcium in their diet mine like blanched lettuce, squash, and algae wafers. They are acive throughout the tank, sometimes clean the walls but they absolutely love to climb my Giant Hair grass and tarzan down to the ground. They look like kids playing at a park.
Things I have added to my aquarium that they all love is smooth surfaced logs and they LOVE Aquavines They are made by T-Rex. The more twisted vines you have the more fun it is to them. No matter what inhabitants you have it is good to keep their minds stimulated...You may think that they don't think ..but they do.
I also keep a small piece of cuttlebone in my tank for calcium. This will also increase your water hardness. My hardness is high but hasn't turned to concrete yet..
The best way to get good algae in your tank is letting your nitrates get above 10ppm. Then if this is convenient for you, let the morning sun shine on your tank for a few hours. I planned my tank originally for this and it is working great.
Hope this has helped you let me know if I can try to help again,