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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/Tidal

Nerite snails come from Indonesia and this particular variation is sought after for its olive color shell and algae eating abilities. They are a very hardy snail, able to adapt to both brackish water and fresh water. All snails need to be introduced to a tank that has been well established. Newer tanks have high levels of nitrites and ammonia that can quickly cause high mortality rates. Newer tanks also will lack the growth needed to feed your Olive Nerites. Once you have them in an established tank and offer then a varied diet your snails will thrive. The Olive Nerite is a snail that will quickly clean much of the algae and biofilm out of your tank. For this reason many hobbyists will recommend that you offer supplemental food in the form of algae wafers, shrimp pellets or specialized fish food. They will dine off of fish waste, dead plant life and algae and when they are done with that they will look around for something else. In addition to this food you will also want to feed your Olive Nerite Snails calcium supplements so that they have strong, correctly formed shells. It is rarely heard of to have the Olive Nerite Snails breed in freshwater and those that have been reported to lay eggs do not get them to hatch. They need brackish water for breeding conditions. With the many species of snails that can overrun a tank, many hobbyists choose nerites because of their inability to populate. These are not an aggressive snail and have a voracious appetite for algae. They are considered a tidal snail and because of this will sometimes escape your tank, especially if you don’t have a lid. Keep an eye on your Olive Nerite Snails so you can find them quickly if they get out of the tank. Often, placing them back in, right side up can rehydrate them and keep them alive. Copper is lethal to any snail you introduce to your tank so you should be mindful of what’s in your water. Copper will also be in many medications and treatment for your fish so make sure to read labels or tell those your seeking advice from that you have snails. Never release your snails into the sewer system or bodies of water as they can be harmful to other ecosystems.

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Product Reviews

  1. Olive Nerite Snails 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Apr 2018

    Received the snails in a timely manner and all of them arrived alive and in good condition. They are all doing fine after about a week in quarantine tank. Glad I made the purchase.

  2. Algae-no-more 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Nov 2015

    I ordered 15 olive nerites primarily for my 2 Mbuna cichlid tanks. They are efficient tank cleaners and immune to cichlid investigations. The snails arrived in great shape and got to work right away. I will make some 'algae rocks' to give them some supplemental food as the cichlids scoop up all the wafers, pellets, etc. that I try to put in there for the snails. I just love my nerites!!!

  3. Great Snails. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Nov 2015

    I ordered 20 olive nerite snails and they all arrived alive and are doing their jobs.

  4. Absolutely recommend! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th May 2015

    I purchased 10 snails to replace a previous group who had started to die-out after having them for a few years. These new ones arrived in much better condition than the last group, who were purchased elsewhere. They seem young, energetic, healthy, and their shells are in great shape. There were no losses during shipping (2 day from OH to CA) and the whole group was ready to start munching on algae the first night in their new home. I did not QT (I always have in the past) and have had no issues after over a week of them being in my tank. My tank is sparkling clean again, and my little snails seem to be thriving! Overall was a great experience, well worth the money spent (I've spent much more in the past for a lesser quality stock). Absolutely recommend!

  5. cleanupers 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Apr 2015

    All arrived in good condition and seem to be doing what they are supposed to do.

  6. love these snails! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Dec 2014

    All of the snails arrived in great condition, quickly settled into my tank and went right to work!

  7. snails are doing great only 1 out 5 did not make it. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Jul 2014

    I will order again when I can set up my other mini tank once I have the money.

  8. Olive nerite snails doing well 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th May 2014

    Ordered 10 olive nerite snails. Arrived in good shape and are all doing a good job cleaning algae and any wilting parts of the plants.

  9. Excellent Purchase Experience 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Feb 2014

    I purchased 6 Rams Horn snails, 5 Olive and 4 Zebra Nerite snails from Elite Inverts and was completely satisfied with the transaction. The process was very easy and efficient. Elite Inverts kept me well informed and packaged the snails very well to ensure their safe delivery. I intend to make future purchases from this company and highly recommend them to any potential buyers.


    S. Enright, Columbus, OH

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