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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 05-25-2014, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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The pictures speak for themselves. I placed the snail on the anubias leaf 2 hours before taking the pic. I always get plants like this from my lfs. My 4 tigers and 4 zebras wipe it out quickly.











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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 05-25-2014, 11:46 PM
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That's a busy little dude. I wish they didn't lay those cement eggs everywhere, but I will freely admit that they are awesome against most algaes.
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Nerites! What are they good for!?!
These!!

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What are those white things? Eggs or little nerites?
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They're nerite eggs.

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I read somewhere that you can keep the temp above 79 and they won't lay eggs. My temp holds at 80 and I've seen none. Fingers crossed.


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i thought nerites didn't breed in freshwater ?
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i thought nerites didn't breed in freshwater ?
Salinity is not right, so eggs don't reach osmotic pressure needed for development.
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Where did you buy Nerites? I would like to try them and, of course, I would breed them.
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I'm sure everyone would have nerites if they didn't lay those damn eggs. Scientists need to find whatever substance nerites use to keep those eggs attached to wood and rock and use it as an adhesive for buildings.
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post #12 of 36 (permalink) Old 06-02-2014, 08:21 PM
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My vote is for Olive Nerites.. best little algae janitors in the world..

As to the eggs.. 1) my fish apparently like to eat them and 2)for some reason they were only a "problem" (since algae was killing every plant in sight I am hard pressed to call it a problem) for the first month or two.. A few months later nary an egg..
Don't know why but haven't had more than a sporadic batch (like on or 2, batches that is)in months..

The cure to me is certainly not worse that the problem.. They literally cleaned a hair algae/green spot infestation in days. That said they didn't do much for my Foxtail.. too delicate for them.

I would never not recommend them.. regardless of eggs..
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Where did you buy Nerites? I would like to try them and, of course, I would breed them.
There is a seller on fleabay based in LA.

$20 for 25.......... free shipping..

does remind me it may be a time for a recharge (they only live about a year or 2, at least for me....... )

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I understand you can find Nerites in the tidal pools around the Caribbean. Since I can't get any at my LFS but am heading to the Caribbean at the end of the month can anyone comment on this?
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I understand you can find Nerites in the tidal pools around the Caribbean. Since I can't get any at my LFS but am heading to the Caribbean at the end of the month can anyone comment on this?
Be careful going thru customs, they are very strict about bringing non native species into the U.S. If they find them it could cause you some grief.
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