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Nerites are really beautiful, it's a much more substantial snail then the ramshorn at a little over 1". Some of the patterns are pretty cool. Mine are your typical zebra. These will go out of water. I have found them on the rim of my tank, so for these guys I would recommend a top. Here's two of mine:

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These are the ones I have been thinking to get. Do they get large? I don't want massive snails in this tank.
No, the largest ones I have ever seen in my tanks have only been about a centimeter or so. They are pretty unobtrusive. I hardly notice them except for early in the morning when the lights have just come on, then I see them on the glass. Otherwise I have to search around to find them.

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Nerites are really beautiful, it's a much more substantial snail then the ramshorn at a little over 1". Some of the patterns are pretty cool. Mine are your typical zebra. These will go out of water. I have found them on the rim of my tank, so for these guys I would recommend a top. Here's two of mine:

Lovely photo! I've had a few zebrea nerite. Would like a horned nerite some day.
They will climb out of the tank entirely. When my 55g sprang a leak (seam on bottom pane of glass-worst.place.possible.) I had an emergency move everything to a 40g breeder, when the 55g was fixed I could not find my nerite-it had climbed out during the move back. Found it before it dried up (or was eaten by dog) thankfully.
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Lovely photo! I've had a few zebrea nerite. Would like a horned nerite some day.
They will climb out of the tank entirely. When my 55g sprang a leak (seam on bottom pane of glass-worst.place.possible.) I had an emergency move everything to a 40g breeder, when the 55g was fixed I could not find my nerite-it had climbed out during the move back. Found it before it dried up (or was eaten by dog) thankfully.
Thanks, I was looking at those horned ones too, but it will have to wait since all tanks I have going are open-top and besides my dog is on a strict diet.
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A combination of MTS and assassins. The MTS because they're pretty much unavoidable, it seems, they keep the substrate clean & aerated, and the babies are very efficient algae eaters. The assassins because they keep the MTS under control--eating the big ones but leaving the babies, multiply slowly to match their food source, will eat uneaten food, and devour any fish that might die while I'm out of town so they don't foul the tank. And because they're pretty in their own right with their brown & yellow striped shells.

I'm fascinated by the giant Sulawesi rabbit snails, and the Sulawesi chopstick snails. The chopstick snails will aerate the substrate, and the rabbit snails are large and impressive, but there are some reports they may eat some plants. Both are supposed to breed slowly, and prefer warm & hard water.. Does anyone have experience with these snails, and will they eat plants?
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Thanks, I was looking at those horned ones too, but it will have to wait since all tanks I have going are open-top and besides my dog is on a strict diet.
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besides my dog is on a strict diet.
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I like pond snails. I don't have good evidence but my BBA became much more tame when they are abundant. Now my catfish keep eating them or their eggs and the numbers are dwindling.
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Black Racer Nerite! They gallop around and also dive in the substrate along the glass and eats the algae on the glass under the substrate.


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I like the free ones the best.

The ones that came in my recent online plant order were typical bladders. The newly hatched ones feed my Chopra Danios, and the ones that survive end up eating the algae in my shrimp tanks. Everyone wins!
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Nerites, without an hesitation.
Those fellows are hard workers and clean your tank from algae like no other snail does
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I feel like my hesitation with nerites is the eggs they lay. They are the ones that make tanks look like an Auntie Anne's Pretzel, right??
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I feel like my hesitation with nerites is the eggs they lay. They are the ones that make tanks look like an Auntie Anne's Pretzel, right??
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Yup, exactly that! Thanks for sharing.

Ramshorn may be the right direction for me.



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