I used to put Nerites in my tanks but the eggs ruined the experience. They are unsightly and ruined my beautiful piece of driftwood. I had to remove it from the tank it was so ugly, and no amount of scrubbing would remove them.I deliberately introduce them, and not just any snails, I got me designer snails. Specifically blue ramshorn snails.
I honestly don't get people's hesitation with snails, I think they are wonderful, they clean our tanks and you don't have to do anything to get more from them.
That said, I will never again keep nerite snails. The eggs are a great example of the cure being worse then the disease.
Oh they do, but their eggs are little jelly sacks that disappear on their own. They will reproduce in your tank but it's not at the rates of other snails.I used to put Nerites in my tanks but the eggs ruined the experience. They are unsightly and ruined my beautiful piece of driftwood. I had to remove it from the tank it was so ugly, and no amount of scrubbing would remove them.
Ramshorns snails don't lay eggs?
It does not look like Nerite snails will breed in fresh water. It appears they need brackish water to breed.Does anyone know if tiger nerites and zebra nerites can breed? I have a female zebra laying eggs like crazy and in another tank a male tiger. I always thought of placing the male with the female to fertilize the eggs and see if anything would happen but not sure if its worth it? Also, i love my snails!!! They are the best, and super easy to take care of.
This was the exact reason I started this thread. I see so many... "I have a new tank and it is overrun with algae what should I do?" posts. I have never seen anyone recommend adding a bunch of pond snails. There are algae eating fish but snails are very hardy, even in the tough conditions of a brand new tank. I have a heavily planted 35g tank and snails have been keeping it clean for YEARS. Setting up my new 180g I knew the algae outbreak(s) were coming. A couple dozen snails from my 35g tank have done a marvelous job of attacking and controlling the algae. I had no idea that I even had a couple of dozen snails in my 35g tank. I see a couple every now and again busily doing their clean up work but for the most part they stay hidden.I have a new tank and I’m resisting the idea of getting snails because I really dislike the idea of having (and seeing and removing) loads of snails and eggs in there. I’m hoping that I can get some shrimp and some otos and/or pigmy corys to help remove algae. I fear I’ll end up having to get a snail eventually, though ...
I am glad Nuthatch chimed in! My experience with pond snails is very different than his. I would see them on plants, especially the dying / dead leaves, but I had no idea how many snails I had until I started moving them into my 180. In my 35g planted tank they all stayed about the size of a plump pea and I would rarely see one on the glass. I took the same pond snails from my 35g and threw them in my cycling, algae rich180g tank and they are about the size of a dime now. These are snails that hitched a ride in 5 or so years ago. So, to me, it appears that pond snails do limit their growth and their population based on food at hand and possibly the tank size. Since I put the pond snails in my fishless 180g I have noticed that they did lay eggs on the glass of my aquarium. The egg sacks look like little pieces of clear snot about the size of a grain of rice. After a few days there are some dark spots forming in the egg bags smaller that grains of fine sand. I cleaned the startup gunk off the sides of my tank with a rubber squeegee and accidentally knocked a couple of the egg sacks off. They came off very easily. I have never seen these eggs on the walls of my 35g though, I am guessing some of my fish must have been snaking on the egg sacks? I know guppies like mosquito larva, maybe they like snail eggs too? For me, I like my pond snails.mickmac said:I feel like if you get keep it smaller, shrimp and otos, maybe one other thing in there then you should be good. Especially with an established shrimp colony (I'm thinking @Oughtsix i realize I will inevitably end up with snails. I just wish I could find a variety that stays smallish, eats a lot of tank debris and algae, and doesn’t leave ugly egg deposits visible in the tank. I think I’m asking too much and will never find such snails!