Freshwater Snails Care Sheet - Petco

Nerita Snails are an efficient scavenger ideal for smaller ponds and freshwater community aquariums
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Freshwater Nerites (pictured above) are among the most popular aquarium snails because of their exceptional algae eating abilities. Although they won’t do all the work for you, they definitely help. Supplement their diet with algae wafers, though, especially when algae are running low. To create an effective algae cleanup crew, get at least around 5 of these snails – they don’t reproduce in the aquarium, so don’t worry about them becoming pests. Be sure to close all holes in the lid, because some Nerites are true escape artists that will try to get out of the aquarium when water conditions are not ideal.
Here is some information that you should take into account before you decide to put snails in your freshwater aquarium.
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One of the most popular snail species in the freshwater aquarium hobby is the apply snail. This snail species come in many colors which makes them ideal for nature-themed aquarium. They are not recommended for planted tanks though, because of their tendency to breed prolifically if overfed. They are best put into big tanks that have artificial plants in them. Also, watch their diet to avoid overfeeding them. When it comes to freshwater snails, not all of them are bad for your aquarium
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Hi, I have been looking for freshwater Neritidae snails. Can you pleasetell me if you handle them or where to get them? Also, in theinformation that I have been able to find about them, some say thatthey will not multiply and others that they will. Which is right?

Consequently these snails aren't easy to breed in captivity. Thereare a very few exceptions, like the European species Theodoxusfluviatilis, that can complete their life cycle in freshwater. But theones you see in pet shops, such as the African zebra Nerite Neritinanatalensis and the Indo-Pacific zebra Nerite Vittina coromandelianawill not breed under aquarium conditions. Cheers,Neale.> Freshwater snail I.D. 9/22/11
Hi crew,
Would you mind trying to I.D. this snail for me?
It would appears that some hitched a ride in on some plants that I ordered which have been in a cycling, unstocked (fish) tank for one week. This is the biggest (about 0.5 cm long), but a few more 'babies' seem to appear each day (last count ~10 individuals visible).
Should I remove them or let them be?
I live in Singapore, if that helps your I.D. attempts.
Cheers and thank you so much for your time,

They're basically harmless and feed on algae (diatoms, primarily) and organic detritus. Some people report damage to plants, but I have them in my planted tanks and they never seem to do any noticeable harm. They do breed fairly quickly, laying jelly-like masses of eggs, but they rarely become plagues in the same way as Melanoides spp. snails can do. I think they're rather fun to watch and add character to an aquarium. Cheers, Neale.>When it comes to freshwater snails, not all of them are bad for your aquarium. In fact, snails can be beneficial for your aquarium. You only need to know which ones to keep and what to avoid.