Background and Key Benefits
Nerite snails or Neritina natalensis are freshwater snails related to the mollusk family. They are from the East coast of Africa and are found in rivers and streams. These snails come in a variety of colors and patterns including Zebra, Leopard, and Olive. Nerite snails are common in the aquarium hobby as they are excellent algae eaters. They will clean algae from glass, substrate, and décor. The second reason they are so popular in our hobby is due to the fact that they do not reproduce in freshwater. In the wild these snails return to brackish water to breed and the baby snails require brackish water for early stages of growth. Therefore, Nerite snails will not overpopulate in an aquarium.
We keep these snails on pool filtered sand and in bare bottom tanks with a Matten filters. We feed Shrimp King Algae Pops and Shrimp King Snail Stixx along with Indian Almond Leaves for natural biofilm. We also use LED lighting to provide enough natural algae growth for them to feed.
- Ph: 7.2 to 8.5
- Gh: 7 to 15
- Kh: 2 to 8
- TDS: 120 to 400
- Temp: 68 to 78
- Filter: Matten Filter
- Substrate: Pool Filter Sand
- Water: RO/DI Water remineralized with Salty Shrimp Gh/Kh+
- Decor: Malaysian Driftwood, Java Moss and Indian Almond Leaves