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The Ultimate Nerite Snail Care Manual

The majority of snails on the earth are nerites. Saltwater snails, which spend their whole lives in the sea, make up the great majority.

What Exactly Are Nerite Snails?

Nerite snails are among the most common snails on the planet. The vast majority are saltwater snails that live their entire lives in the sea. However, a few have survived in brackish and even freshwater environments. They do so to pursue their favorite food source: algae.

Nerites are available in a variety of colors, ranging from dull to strikingly bright. The majority are small, round snails ranging in size from 12 to 1 inch (2.54 cm) and found in shallow water. Algae grows best here because there is plenty of sunlight.While they appear to be ordinary, there is a lot to discuss when keeping these hearty vegetarians.

This nerite snail care guide will help you succeed with your first nerites!

Nerite Snail Varieties

There are hundreds of different types of nerite snails found all over the world, in freshwater, brackish, and marine environments. However, these are by far the most frequently encountered in the aquarium trade.

Snail of Zebra Nerite

The Zebra Nerite Snail, also known as Neritina natalensis, is the most popular and sought-after of the nerite snails!

The alternating pattern of wavy black and brown bands on Zebra Snails is reminiscent of the land-dwelling mammal. Zebra Nerites are found in freshwater, brackish, and marine environments in South and East Africa. When fully grown, the majority of them are about an inch long.

Nerite Snail with Horns

Horned Nerite Snails are Clithon corona and Clithon diadema. These species are much smaller than their relatives, with maximum lengths ranging from 12 to 1 inch (2.54 cm).

Horned Nerite Snails are native to East and Southeast Asia (China, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia) and are equally adept at eating algae. Their name comes from the spiky, defensive protrusions along their shells, which also make them more expensive than other nerites!

Snail of Olive Nerite

The Olive Nerite Snail, Neritina reclivata, is the least visually appealing of the common nerite snails. With thin, wavy black stripes on an olive green background and a jet black body, it’s not unattractive.

They look exactly like an olive cruising around your aquarium looking for algae, thanks to their round shell and delicate central swirl!

Snail of Tiger Nerite

Another common and easy-to-find nerite snail is the Tiger Nerite Snail. Neritina semiconica is their scientific name, and they can also be found in South and East Africa.

Tiger Nerites grow to be about an inch long and are cared for in the same way as their close relative, the Zebra Nerite Snail.

Nerite Snail, Black Racer

Because of their resemblance to a helmet patrolling the aquarium, Black Racer Nerite Snails are also known as Military Nerite Snails! Also known as Neritina pulligera by the scientific community. Black Racers are larger than the others, reaching lengths of up to 112 inches (2.84 m).

They’re also a lot faster than their cousins, “racing” around the tank when they’re not grazing on a tasty patch of algae.

Taking Care of Nerite Snails

While they may appear very different, caring for all types of freshwater nerite snails is essentially the same.

They are lovely, low-maintenance aquarium residents that everyone should try to keep.

Nitrogenous Waste Products and Nerite Snails

Nerite snails are slightly sensitive to high nitrogenous waste levels. This includes ammonia as well as nitrite and nitrate. In general, invertebrates are more sensitive to these compounds than fish.

As a result, they should always be added last to an aquarium. This allows the tank to complete a full biological cycle, ensuring that all nitrogenous waste products are properly broken down.

Snails require extra caution when it comes to water quality because it’s difficult to tell if a snail has died.

After all, snails are perfectly content to remain motionless for extended periods of time. Worse, they rot quickly, as anyone who has accidentally eaten spoiled shellfish can attest. A dead nerite snail’s decay can cause an ammonia spike in your aquarium. This is harmful to your other pets and could be fatal to other nerites.