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Nerite Snail Carnage!

I have a tank with a betta and 4 nerite snails. I kept comming home to find odd looking areas on my anubias plants. I caught my largest nerite munching on this plant today (see picture). This is the third plant he ruined... I was always told nerites don't eat healthy plants. None of mine do except this guy. Totally ignores the algae wafers and the brown diatom algae. Any recommendations for a better, less destructive algae eater?
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Also note that when I picked him up the area underneath him was all chewed up. He has since been moved to a small 1 gallon tank untill I figure out what to do... I love these little guys but I don't want them destoying plants!
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That's one determined nerite! That's a bummer. I have several nerites and have never seen them damage a plant. I'm even more surprised that it would happen to an Anubius. Pretty thick leaves. Maybe you just got one with odd behavoir and others won't be a problem.
I put a couple tiny horned nerites in my 92g heavily planted corner tank. I didn't think I would see them again. A couple of days later I spotted one on a anubius leaf with quite a bit of gs algae. The next day it was on the other side of a clean perfect leaf.
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My other three, which are the smaller nerites, are so gentle with the plants. They do a grrat job cleaning up! I'm thinking about setting up a 2.5 gallon tank just for the big one that eats the leaves lol
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Are you supplementing their diet or are they just feeding on tank algae?

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Above I've already mentioned they are feeding on tank algae as well as Omega One algae wafers.
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Oops, sorry about that, I missed the algae wafer reference.

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Recommendation: RCS. But that is strange that your nerite is tearing up the place. I have 2 and haven't noticed anything YET in my tank. I only have crypts and dwarf sag, plus some floaters.


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Not normal behavior for a nerite. You should definitely try not growing such healthy plants!

If you're going to do a 2.5 gallon for him, it might be a good opportunity to try something new in a nano, like an interesting shrimp type. buying distilled water is cheap and easy for a tank that small. Or how about a betta?
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When my Amanos started tearing up my A. Reineckii I got told it was because even though it may look healthy, it's not and it needs something and they sensed that it wasn't flourishing so they ate it.
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A nano seems like a fun little project! I don't much care for keeping bettas in anything under 10 gallons (I like the larger king variety). Does anyone know of a good filter for a 2.5? I wish they made mini HOB filters.

It's also odd that my 3 other nirites are just eating the algae. They don't harm the plants at all...

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It's also odd that my 3 other nirites are just eating the algae. They don't harm the plants at all...
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A nano seems like a fun little project! I don't much care for keeping bettas in anything under 10 gallons (I like the larger king variety). Does anyone know of a good filter for a 2.5? I wish they made mini HOB filters.
I use a Tom mini internal filter in several tanks up to 4-ish gallons of water (at the four gallons it is not as effective for mechanical filtration but was still great for circulation). Adjustable flow, there's a spray bar included. The suction through the slits was not an issue for betta fins. If you don't use the spray bar, the flow can be fairly strong, but easy to fix by angling it towards glass or by putting a small piece of foam in.

Another option is Azoo Palm/Mignon/60 HOB. Quite popular.

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