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rrcoolj 12-10-2009 03:06 PM

Frshwater nerite snails?
I was thinking about getting them for my 55 gallon tank because if the green stuck alge on my glass . I have read that they love this stuff and I want to get some for my tank. It's a 55 gallon with mbunas so it had high ph and there's plenty of minerals in the water so they have a nice strong shell.

But how many should I get? I want enough to clean the tank, but not so much that they starve. What would you guys reccomend?

Fishin Pole 12-10-2009 03:23 PM

i think you would be ok with at least 5..........i have 13 in my one 90 gallon tank and they do a great job at keeping the glass clean, you can always supplement thier diet with algae wafers or some kind of fresh veggies, if it would come to that........My only worry would be the reaction from your mbunas, are they going to terrorize them?......I never kept snails in my african tank just for this reason.......Another plus is the fact, they need brackish water to breed, so they wont overpopulate your tank.....

rrcoolj 12-10-2009 05:11 PM

I was hoping thier shell would protect them. I think the mbunas will be pretty occupied with themselves. But I will watch closely. Thank you for the quick response!

Lupin 12-11-2009 09:24 AM

Trouble is nerites do not eat veggies in general. Only very few are lucky their own nerites can learn to take veggies. Get the horned species. They are much more protected than the ones who don't have spines.

rrcoolj 12-11-2009 05:47 PM

Really? I read that nerites were one of the few snails that do eat almost exlusicely algea especially the green type that sticks on the glass. I will have to look up that horned species.

rrcoolj 12-11-2009 06:31 PM

i found this on

"Another plus for the Zebra Nerite Snail is its algae eating abilities. This snail will clean your tank glass spotless and also clean algae off of rocks and even leaves. Many hobbyists purchase the Zebra Nerite Snail more because of its algae eating abilities than its visual looks."

mgamer20o0 12-14-2009 03:00 AM

most will eat zucchini and all of them will eat the hard green spot algae. i tossed a couple in my 20 gallon and in no time they had that tank clean. i personally would try olives since they are cheaper then some of the other nerites out there.

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