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Horned Nerite Snail (Assorted) - (4)

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PH Range:   7 – 8.5
Size:   1 – 1.2” (2.5 – 3cm) 
Temperature Range:   75 – 84 F.
Diet:   Herbivore
Hardness Range:   8 – 12dH
Habitat:  Aquatic/Tidal
Life Span:   Approx. 1 year
 

Their origin seems to be in Southeast Asia.  They are pretty widespread in the Philippines and Indonesia. Since they are tropical creatures, half of the globe can be ruled out as the original habitat. The Nerites, of which the TriColor Horned Nerite Snail is a member, are quite the little climbers. To keep them from getting out, you really have to keep a lid on the tank. They are known to climb out of the water, fall off and then die on the outside of the tank. Although they can live quite a while out of water, they will eventually die. When you see one on your floor, put it back into the tank. It may still live and survive without a problem. Be sure you have enough hiding places in your tank for the snails. The snails will eat any kind of vegetation. They love algae and will rid your tank of algae overgrowth and bio-film until it is totally clean. Algae wafers are a good supplement and should be fed to them because they are continuous eaters and will deplete their food source once the tank is clean. The TriColor Horned Nerite Snails will clean your tank and, in fact, need a clean tank to be happy but they will not reproduce in a clean, freshwater tank. They need to have brackish water to breed and multiply. While there have been some successes reported in the emergence of baby snails, these babies do not have a high survival rate. These snails are extremely non-aggressive. Their horns are a defense tool but they would not use it unless severely threatened. The horns are strong enough to prick a human finger, so even though the snails are not aggressive, they can defend themselves.When you place them into a tank, be certain that they are right side up. If they fall upside down, they will die as they cannot turn themselves back over. Keep them away from any copper products.

Another important point is responsibility in keeping snails, or any other living thing, in non-native geographical areas. It cannot be stressed enough not to introduce non-native species into the eco-system. This is not only irresponsible; it upsets the native flora and fauna and can do enormous damage.


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  1. Little Snails do a Great Job! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jun 2013

    These beautiful little snails (about the size of my little fingernail)are a wonderful addition to my riparium. They keep the glass clean from algae, and with their yellow and black coloration, they look like bumble bees in the tank. I have a 20 gallon riparium and these snails are about the right size for this tank and its other occupants - three red-bellied frogs and several gambusias.



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