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Nerite snail questions

I am thinking about getting some of these snails and i had a few questions?
1. I have heard that they lay eggs and the are kind of hard to get off plants, how do i go about keeping them from having these eggs, bc i obviously dont want them all over everything.
2. What kinf of algae do they eat?
3. Which are the best kinds to buy I have heard of several different species?
4.How many would i need for a 55 gallon tank that already has 4 BN plecosand 8 rosey barbs along with malasian trumphet snails.

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lol... the eggs. I recently picked up 5 nerites for my 30 gallon. They went to work on the GSA and diatoms, but 2 paired up and laid a ton of eggs along the back wall of my aquarium. They're not all that noticeable but the do last for a while.

I have the common green nerite (can't remember the sp.), but they have left my plants alone thus far, and love algae. I'd recommend at least 6-8 for your 55, you already have a lot of algae eaters.
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i also just read they they can crawl out of your tank!! What can you do to prevent this. I have a sort of cover that i made out of plexi galss but i dont use it that much just when i put a new fish in until he gets comfortable

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^ Either get used to picking snails up off your carpet every so often, or start using the plexiglass top permanently. These are tidal snails, so in the wild, they live in and out of the water.
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I stocked them 1 per gallon in my tanks a year ago and many are now gone/dead. Acid conditions eat away at their shell and CO2 injection doesn't help this situation. I got mine from....http://www.azgardens.com/aquarium_snails.php
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I had several zigzag nerites until they some of them crawled out of my tank and died when I couldn't find them. The others just suddenly died in the tank (lack of algae I think). They were awesome for eating any kind of algae growing on my glass, but they did lay eggs everywhere! You can pick the eggs off, but they will leave a white ring that will take a while to go away.

If you kept just one in your tank, I think that would preclude the egg problem, and it would have plenty of algae to eat.


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The eggs were just to much for me, I gave up when my driftwood was covered in white dots, took them back to the LFS.

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