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nerite snails -> what to do if I cannot quarantine them?

Hi

I wanted nerite snails for my tank.
My tank has currently just PRL red crystal shrimp. No snails.
I am afraid of parasites that nerites can have as they are nature caught. I heard some stories...
However, I do not have a quarantine tank and cannot set one up.

What do you suggest?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-21-2020, 03:59 PM
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Do you have a bucket, or plastic storage box, and air pump/air stone you can spare for the new snails? My nerite snails don't seem to care much about temperature as long as it's a reasonable indoor temp.
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This is something I was concerned with too until I was told that nerites are saltwater snails and that I would just have to keep them in a separate container for a week before adding them to my tank.
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they are salt water but then they move to fresh water, which is probably when they are captured
they are captured in nature, not tank raised, because it is too difficult to try to breed them

so therefore they are the riskiest for parasites, coming from exotic places.

freshwater snails can have horrible parasites that also affect human health.
This is not a game.
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they are salt water but then they move to fresh water, which is probably when they are captured
they are captured in nature, not tank raised, because it is too difficult to try to breed them

so therefore they are the riskiest for parasites, coming from exotic places.

freshwater snails can have horrible parasites that also affect human health.
This is not a game.
You are talking to someone who has dealt with Camallanus so believe me, I know that this isn't a game.

The information I received on these snails came from a man who knows his stuff about fish, not to mention he has helped many people clear up Camallanus nematodes from their aquariums. Nerites can live in freshwater but they need brackish/saltwater to breed.

I've kept nerites since I started fish keeping over 12 years ago and I've never had any issues with these snails.

Why ask for help when you insist on arguing with people who are helping you? If you're that paranoid about parasites that can affect fish and possibly humans, then this may not be the hobby for you.
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I was not arguing with you
I just wrote what I thought
free exchange of thoughts, no judgement
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If you feel a quarantine tank is needed for them , but you can't provide one it seems the only other option is buying from a vendor who medicates for possible pathogens and isolates before selling. If that doesn't satisfy you then you probably need to reconsider keeping them.
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I was not arguing with you
I just wrote what I thought
free exchange of thoughts, no judgement
Sorry if I came off as too harsh.

I understand your concern but to be honest, I don't think you have anything to worry about. I've had more problems from fish from breeders than anything from the wild.
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