Saltwater Aquarium Invertebrates for Marine Aquariums: Nerite Snail
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Nerite Snail (Nerita sp.)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Green, Tan
Diet Herbivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size 1"
Origin Caribbean, Pacific Ocean
Family Mollusca
Supplements Calcium, Trace Elements
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Overview

The Nerite Snail comes from the inner tidal areas of the Pacific and Caribbean Oceans and has a rounded shell. This snail does not grow very large, and the coloration is brown to black. They are wonderful scavengers for reef aquariums as they remain small and with their rounded shells, rarely knock over rocks or corals in the aquarium.

The Nerite Snail does well in an aquarium when provided with ample hiding places and room to forage. Live rock provides algae, cyanobacteria, and diatoms for food, but it also is an effective film algae eater, grazing on other surfaces, such as the sides of the aquarium. It is sensitive to high levels of copper-based medications and will not tolerate high nitrate levels. This is a perfect snail for the reef aquarium because it will not grow too large, and will not disturb corals or rockwork.

The Nerite Snail has no distinguishing characteristics to help differentiate male from female.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2" to 1"

Customer Testimonials

Jill P DVM Mesa , AZ
I've found them to be great cleaners and very hardy. I'd highly recommend them for reef tanks over many of the other larger snails. I have found that they will lay numerous eggs which appears as spots on the glass.
Taylor F Broomfield , CO
These snails are an amazing addition to my tank. They went straight to eating algae and cleaning my glass and doing a great job from the very first day. They are fun to watch moving place to place and my babysisters love watching them too. Thank you Live Aquaria for the great snails.
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