Nerite Snail

Invertebrates | Nerite Snail

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(Please note that the fish shown in the photo is only a representative of what an adult specimen would look like. The color may vary based on the age and sex of the fish you receive.)

Scientific Name: Neritina Neritidae

Common Name:  Nerite Snail

Adult Size: 0.5 - 2.5 inches

Life Expectancy: 1 - 2 years

Habitat:  Asia and Africa

Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons

Ideal Tank Conditions:

  • Temperature Range: 68 - 84°F
  • pH Range: 7.4 - 8.4
  • Water Hardness : 3 - 14

Temperament:  Peaceful

Diet & Nutrition: Herbivores that love to feast on algae, decaying leaves and excess fish food and will therefore help to keep the tank clean. They will not feast on any live plants. If you have very little algae, you can supplement their diet by providing them with blanched vegetables like spinach, carrots, cucumber, zucchini or kale in the tank.

Breeding & Spawning: Nerite nails need enough clean water and nutrition to reproduce. The advantage of keeping Nerite snails in the tank over other types of freshwater snails is that they need brackish water to reproduce. Therefore, it's impossible for them to breed in a freshwater aquarium and so there's zero chance of overpopulation.

Gender:  Nerite snails are not hermaphrodites. They are either male or female but identifying them can be challenging. The male nerite snails usually have a tiny little skin fold around the male’s right antenna which may be difficult to spot with the naked eye.