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Product Description

PH range 7.5-8
Hardness:5-15 Dkh
Temperature: 65-80F 
Life Span:   1.5-2 years   
Size:   1 inch
Diet: Omnivore
Habitat:  Fully aquatic

These snails are from Indonesia it is also called the Neritina Variegata.  They are marked by their beautifully variegated shell and their medium size. They have become popular among hobbyists because they are fantastic algae eaters and do not breed in freshwater. One Batiki Nerite per three to five gallons should be sufficient in a mature tank that has been running for more than six months and if it’s a newer tank than one per ten gallons. The Batiki Nerite snail likes a stable environment with a ph that doesn’t dip below seven as this will compromise the strength of their shell. Be sure to introduce them only to tanks that are established otherwise the high nitrite levels and lack of food will kill them off right away. The Batiki Nerite Snail is a voracious algae eater and will spend hours cleaning your tank of surplus algae. They will also feed of fish waste, fish food that’s left over and dead (not live) plant material.  You may need to supplement with algae tablets or wafers that are meant for bottom feeders. Some hobbyists will tell you these guys can be picky about their food and if you find this being a problem you may want to reduce your population density.  Additionally, if you want your Batiki Nerite Snails to have strong shells you will also want to add calcium in the form of supplements, coral calcium or cuttlebones. The Batiki Nerite Snail doesn’t breed in fresh water generally and on the rare occasion they will only lay eggs they don’t hatch. These are great snails to keep a tank clean as they won’t breed in massive numbers and override your tank. This snail is a non-aggressive active grazing snail. You will see them moving around your tank and grazing off of biofilm. Some will even be light enough to climb across your plant leaves cleaning them of algae as well. They will not eat your live plants though, so they make a nice addition to those looking for an ecosystem. The Batiki  Nerite snail is considered a tidal snail and this means it may climb out of your tank, especially if you’re keeping them in a tank without a lid. It is advised you stay on the watch for them so if they do get out you can discover it right away. Placing them back in your tank with their shell facing down or lying on its side may rejuvenate them if they haven’t been out too long.

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  1. Great Snails! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Jul 2012

    I ordered six snails for our daughters 38 gallon tank.She has four fantail goldfish and they leave a lot of waste. One snail passed after a couple of days, but five are doing great. They keep the tank free of alga. My daughter wasn't happy about having snails in her fish tank, but now loves them. They come out at night most of the time and she checks on them then.

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