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What Makes A Nerite Snail Different


If you want a snail that will help you keep the tank clean while never harming other residents inside it, then you should look for a Nerite Snail. The Nerite Snail will take care of all the uneaten food while cleaning plants and surfaces in the aquarium. It is mostly a freshwater snail although in the wild it can sometimes be found in brackish water. The snail can measure up to an inch in diameter. One of their favorite foods conveniently is algae, and it is very adaptable to the conditions in the water.

Nerite Freshwater Snails

The Look Of These Snails

The snail is not considered to be a hard snail; however you will be able to find some unique markings on it. A Nerite Snail is a small snail that has dark lines covering its shell structure. The color of this snail is an olive green that displays very unique patterns that have been described as fingerprints. The shell itself is rather dark and the squiggly lines are not visible to your naked eye. Some of the members of the species will also have a white mark by their appendage. Those snails are called “Marble Nerite” by those who sell, and those who collect them. They are some of the more popular snails and come in a few varieties such as the Don King Snail which has moss going from its shell and the Green Turtle and Batiki Nerite snails.


The Nerite Snail needs both a male and a female to reproduce and have the eggs fertilized. The eggs are white colored and are laid in groups or lines. The young snails should be able to survive in a brackish water tank, different than their parents. This makes Nerite snails great snails to keep if you don't want a huge population. If you do want to breed the good news about the eggs in the tank is that as a general rule, the eggs are not usually disturbed by fish in the tank so they have a better chance of survival. Reproduction is best when a power filter is not present in the tank as the young can get trapped in them.