10-13-2010, 04:59 PM
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Nerites are awesome I keep 3 breeds... the zebra, olive, horned corona. They all have different traits or different habits. The zebras tend to do a lot more cleaning on glass than the others. One or two would be fine in a 10 gallon...they will definately clean in no time. That's probably a good number to stay around especially if you are going to have other inhabits making waste. Snails are messy creatures and produce a lot of waste but you could put more if you wanted to do very frequent water changes...this would become very monotonous and may get old really quick. Just depends on how much time you want to commit to your snails. With two you would just want to stick to at least weekly water changes. What other inhabits will you have with them?
As far as feeding you may want to break an algae wafer in half and only feed them the 1/2...But break it again so they can eat at the same time if they want otherwise you will have 2 snails sucked together trying to eat the same piece. I am particular about the way I do things. Most people would probably just throw the food in and forget it. Depending on what habitants you have they may also like the algae wafers so you want to see if they are eating it or the snails. Then just adjust how much you feed them accordingly. Sometimes I feed mine every day but I have ALOT of snails that will eat the leftover food. You might want to feed yours 1/2 a wafer every other day...but you will have to make your own judgement...sometime your's snails won't be hungry and will leave the wafer then you definately wouldn't want to add anymore. Once you have them long enough you will be able to tell about how much they eat.
Your temp is perfect it should be between 65-85 degrees. You pH is perfect. You just want to keep them in hard water or their shell will deteroriate and kill them. So keep your Ph above 7. Some test kits "required" for having snails/ invertebrates are Copper Test Kit (Copper is toxic to them), KH Test Kit, GH Test Kit, Calcium Test Kit. You really only need to test if you have funky water out of the tap. You are in luck if you have natural hard water. If you use Reverse Osmosis water you have to put the calcium and other minerals back in. (This is a whole other chapter)
You can google a list of fruits and veggies that are high in calcium. I have thrown a lot of different types of fruits and veggies in but the only really like spinach, squash, cucumber, and lettuce. If you put these in the tank you should only leave them in maybe 24hrs, others will argue to be less than that. But from my experience after about 48hrs the veggies get a disgusting jello like coating that the snails love. i think they like decaying food rather than fresh..but I wouldn't put molding food in.
Hope this helps since I wrote you a book..lol
Let me know if you have other questions.