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Nerites vs Mysteries

I've got 2 Nerite snails and a Mystery snail. From all the raving reviews i hear about Nerites and their algae cleaning, I'm not convinced. In a couple days they only move a few inches in distance. In contrast, my mystery does laps around the tank in a half hour. What's up with this?
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They're slow but they're better at it. They take their time. Give it a week and you should see a big difference in any algae.

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My Nerites fly all over my tank because there isn't much algae for them to eat. Except some bba on my rocks, wish they would gobble that up!

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I think they kinda do different jobs in the tank. My Nerites get the smaller plant leaves and the places my mystery snails can't reach. The mystery snails do a good job on the glass and bigger leaves. Ever see a mystery snail try to clean a stem of Val...but my merited do it just fine.
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Originally Posted by Psycofc1 View Post
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Too funny, and very accurate.

On my way to pick up my daughter from college for holidays, etc. I make my little side-trip to a big store just outside of Philly. The last time I picked up a dozen nerites, and put them in a 90G filled with adult angelfish. All I can say is when I drive back there in May, I'm gonna call ahead and make sure they have about 100 waiting for me. They actually took care of it all and continue to do so way better than I expected. That $15 investment has saved me hours of glass scraping in that tank alone. The absolute best part is the way these smaller snails take care of the silicone seams. That alone saves lots of wear and tear over the years since you're not chipping away at it with a scraper, etc. If these guys reproduced in FW they would be golden in my book. I've read some complaints about the white egg cases they leave behind randomly. A non-issue to me in light of what these guys bring to the table.
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My Nerites fly all over my tank because there isn't much algae for them to eat. Except some bba on my rocks, wish they would gobble that up!

+1 The nerite in my shrimp tank can sit in the same 1" spot for hours thanks to the heavy algae coat on the side walls while my 37g nerites do windsprints back and forth hunting for something worth eating thanks to a low algae level, lean feeding and high competition.
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Depends on which nerites and how well they're acclimated.

Tiger nerites have been the best algea eater in my experience.

I've kept Egyptian striped and olive nerites that have since died.
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