Zebra Nerite snail qty 4

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Product Overview

PH Range: 7-8.5

Temperature Range: 65-84F

Hardness Range: 5-15Dkh

Life Span: 1.5-2 years

Size: 1-2”

Diet: Herbivore

Habitat: Aquatic/tidal  

The Zebra Nerite Snail seems to have come from the Philippines or from Indonesia in general. It is happiest in tropical waters and temperatures. It is a highly popular snail for aquatic tanks because of its pretty colors and ability to clean up algae. It displays a wonderful attitude of serenity to the observer. This snail loves to be in clean water. Temperatures must be tropical. In a pH less than 7 they may be somewhat compromised experiencing shell problems but will do well above pH 7. A lid on the tank will keep the snails inside the tank rather than outside. Once they climb out of the tank, they are able to survive for some time but they need water to keep them from drying out eventually. If you find one outside the tank, put it back into the water and observe it. It may still be alive and happy to be back where it belongs. Be sure to place your snails into the tank in an upright position. They are not able to turn themselves around if they are on their backs. Most Nerites can sustain themselves so long as they have enough algae and bio-film to eat. Zebra Nerite Snails, however, are on the larger end of the size range and need supplemental food. They cannot cling onto leaves in the tank because weight and gravity will displace them.  Algae wafers will supplement their food sources very well. You may even try tiny bits of blanched cucumber slices or zucchini slices as a supplement.Unable to breed in their freshwater tanks, the Zebra Nerite Snail will most likely not propagate. There have been a few breeders who actually were successful with getting eggs to hatch but the young hatchlings did not survive very long. To breed and have viable offspring, these snails need to be in slightly salty water. This is generally seen as a bonus as these snails will not overpopulate your tank. Completely docile, these little snails will become escape artists if they don’t like their surroundings or perhaps just want to explore other neighborhoods. When it falls from the sides of the tank, it will dry out and die in time. They do survive out of the water for quite some time so try to put them back into the tank first before you dispose of them. They are very susceptible to the toxicity of copper. Keep any cooper items away from the snails.  Do not medicate the tank as the medicine has copper in it. When placing the snails in the tank, they have to be placed right side up or they will die. Finally, do not flush them down the toilet or set them lose in the wild. They are not native species of the U.S. and it would be highly irresponsible to cause an upset in this ecosystem.


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  • 5
    Easy and Fast

    Posted by Rick on 26th Dec 2016

    I was hesitant about mail order but not anymore.

  • 5
    Everything as hoped

    Posted by Unknown on 7th Jun 2015

    Snails arrived on time and looking great.