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  • Nerite Snail Care Sheet

    Common Name(s): Nerite snail

    Scientific Name: Neritina natalensis

    Variants: Zebra, Tiger, Horned, Olive, Tire Tracked, and Black Racer

    Family: Neritidae

    Origin: Africa

    Temperament/Behavior: Peaceful

    Max Size: 1 inch

    Min Tank Size: 5 gallons<br><br>
    Tank Setup: Varied. Can be housed in freshwater, brackish or saltwater

    Tank Region: Anywhere they can crawl to

    Diet: Herbivore. Great a controlling diatoms and being part of a cleanup crew

    Breeding: Females will lay eggs everywhere, but they will only hatch in a brackish or saltwater environment

    Gender Identification: Impossible, unless you see one laying eggs

    Compatibility: Most any fish, but avoid those that eat snails, such as loaches or larger cichlids

    Ease of Keeping: Beginner

    Care: pH: Above 7.0; Temperature: 72-79 F / 22-26 C; Avoid low pH or soft water

    Copper is toxic to nerite snails as well as to most any invertebrate. They need hiding places to feel safe. Can escape the aquarium, especially when water parameters are not ideal. Also require non-acidic pH (above 7.0) and plenty of carbonate in the tank to avoid shell degeneration.


    Credit: Wikipedia. Zebra nerite snail.
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