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Horned Nerite Snails

Nerite snails are one of the best algae eating animal you can find for an aquarium. You will receive a single Horned Nerite Snail (Clithon corona/diadema). Their shells have mix of colors and patterns including a beautiful black and yellow spiral pattern with small protrusions. The snails we ship normally range from .25- .5 inches in diameter.

Background and Key Benefits

Nerite snails are freshwater snails related to the mollusk family. They are from the East coast of Africa and are found in rivers and streams. These snails come in a variety of colors and patterns including Zebra, Leopard, and Olive. Nerite snails are common in the aquarium hobby as they are excellent algae eaters. They will clean algae from glass, substrate, and décor. The second reason they are so popular in our hobby is due to the fact that they do not reproduce in freshwater. In the wild these snails return to brackish water to breed and the baby snails require brackish water for early stages of growth. Therefore, Nerite snails will not overpopulate in an aquarium.

Along with serving practical purposes in the aquarium, the snails have  beautiful shells and they are fun to watch. If you look at your glass closely after adding them, you will see the tiny track marks these snails make as they graze on algae!

We keep these snails on pool filtered sand and in bare bottom tanks with a Matten filters. We feed Shrimp King Algae Pops and Shrimp King Snail Stixx along with Indian Almond Leaves for natural biofilm. We also use LED lighting to provide enough natural algae growth  for them to feed. 

Please note: During shipping, snails sometimes go into a hibernation-like state and may not become fully active for up to a week once acclimated to your aquarium. 


Tank Parameters

  • Ph: 7.2 to 8.5
  • Gh: 7 to 15
  • Kh:  2 to 8
  • TDS: 120 to 400
  • Temp: 68 to 78

Tank Equipment

  • Filter: Matten Filter
  • Substrate: Pool Filter Sand
  • Water: RO/DI Water remineralized with Salty Shrimp Gh/Kh+
  • Decor: Malaysian Driftwood, Java Moss and Indian Almond Leaves

Customer Reviews

Based on 17 reviews
Christopher David
Love these new Snail!

As always all shrimp and snails came in perfect health! Not 1 dead critter and a few extra on each order to spare. Always a pleasure buying from Flip Aquatics!


Am i the only one who is always trying to locate where my snail is just to see its mouth working on the glass? Like just to make sure or what lol. It's so cute haha.

Bob Jones
Great snails

Great snails, received alive and well and are doing well in tank. Would not hesitate to order again.

Kimberly Zuspan
So cute!

Arrived in great condition and healthy condition.

Brittany Ondriezek
Great little friends

All arrived in great shape and immediately got to work cleaning!