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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-13-2012, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Nerite Snails vs. Diatoms

Video of How my Red Spotted Nerite Snails tear up diatoms
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fD8XkIiRS4&feature=plcp
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-13-2012, 12:30 AM
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I believe every tank needs a few nerites, because they are awesome snails just in appearance, and then combined with their algae destroying abilities.........
I think one of these per 3 gallons makes for a good number.....I only wish that they would breed in freshwater so that I could have hundreds in my 75

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Nerites are Awesome! Sorry to hear about your tanks. That sucks. Sandy was a nightmare!
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-13-2012, 01:19 AM
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Nerites are the best, I just learned the hard way not to put them in acrylic tanks.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-13-2012, 03:38 AM
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I love my zebra nerites. They keep my 2 5 gallon tanks spotless. My anubias in both tanks continually get covered in brown diatoms, and then the nerites find it and clean it off completely. I have a weekly cycle in my tank of the anubias gradually getting browner and browner and then the nerites cleaning it again. Without them my tanks would be covered in algae. They really are the best algae eaters and I can't think of any that could do better in a small tank.
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Nerites are the best, I just learned the hard way not to put them in acrylic tanks.
Why don't they work in acrylic tanks?
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I assume their powerful rasping mouths would scratch the hell out of an acrylic tank.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-13-2012, 07:11 PM
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Yup they make the acrylic permanently cloudy over time with little mouth patterns. I should take a pic of what one nerite did over the course of a year. That's why I'll be upgrading my tanks to glass whenever I can.

Seems like any critter strong enough to scrape hard green algae is sadly strong enough to permanently damage acrylic.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-16-2012, 09:05 PM
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Not necessary true about these snails or other snails damaging acrylic tanks. I have nerites in a acrylic tank and see no problem at all from them or my brushynose pleco.

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