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Nerite Snails are one of the most popular freshwater aquarium snails. They are outstanding tank cleaners and effective algae eating snails around. They are popular in planted aquariums. Nerite Snail care is easy, a hardy species and able to adapt to a range of water conditions but do prefer tropical conditions.

Please note: avoid the use of copper based treatments if invertebrates/snails are present in the tank. Ensure Nerite snails are not left upside down as they have difficulty turning themselves back upright and may die if left unattended.


Features of Nerite Snail's:

  • Aquatic plant safe aquarium snail; popular in planted aquariums
  • Various colours & patterns including nearly black, dark brown, dark green, olive green, tan, golden and reddish brown with patterns from stripes, spots, wavey lines, and more
  • Grows to 0.5 - 0.8cm
  • The average lifespan is about 1 year


Nerite Snail : Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size for Nerite Snail's:

Nerite Snail's do well in aquariums from 10L +. They are suited to nano aquariums and enjoy heavily planted tank. 

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Nerite Snail Tank Mate Compatibility:

Nerite snail's are slow moving and lack ability to defend themselves other than retracting into their shell. Only keep with peaceful small species of aquarium fish that are not known to nip.

Here are some great tank mates for your Nerite snail's:

Nerite Snail Food :

Nerite Snail's are not picky eaters. In addition to scavenging for food such as excess fish food, algae and organic material, the will feed on algae wafers and vegetables.  

Nerite Snail Tank Set-up

Aquatic Plants

Nerite snails will consume aquatic plants when they are not well-fed or if the leaves of the plants are soft or decaying. However they are a species of choice for heavily planted aquariums and aquascapes due to the minimally destructive behaviour and will usually only eat dead or decaying plant matter.

Consider use of aquatic plants with firmer leaves such as:

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Aquarium Lighting

Nerite Snails don't require any specific lights however they do appreciate area's of shade which can be created with use of ornaments, live or fake plants.

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Aquarium Filter

Nerite snails enjoy some organic waste in the aquarium. Avoid strong and direct water flow. Select an aquarium filter suited for your aquarium size. Some options include sponge filters, hang on filters and canister filters.

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Aquarium Heater

Nerite snails enjoy temperatures between 22 - 26 degrees Celsius. Always use a fish tank thermometer to monitor temperature. 

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Aquarium Decorations

Nerite snails enjoy climbing in, around, on and under all types of aquarium ornaments. Driftwood in particular produces a natural organic bio-film that mystery snails love to eat. In addition to driftwood, use natural rock, ornaments, caves and silk plants.

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Aquarium Substrate

Aquarium Sand, gravels of all grades, and pebbles are all suitable for Nerite snails. They will appreciate scavenging for food between the substrate.

A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium. 

Additional Information

Snail Keeping Snapshot :

Preferred Water Parameters :

Aquarium Set-up Service:

Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums for offices, hotels or restaurants. Coburg Aquarium, Australia's leading aquarium shop.

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