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Nerite Snails

Nerite snails are one of the best algae eating animal you can find for an aquarium. You will receive a mixed pack of healthy Nerite snails also known as Neritina natalensis. The snails we ship are adult size ranging from .5-1.5 inches in diameter.

Background and Key Benefits

Nerite snails or Neritina natalensis 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 340 reviews
Michael Polulack
Great first nerite snail experience!

My snails were delivered as expected, alive, healthy, and in very good packaging. You would have though I was getting a crystal vase shipped to me. I ordered 1 snail as I have a small 10 gallon tank and always wanted a snail to add to the alure of the tank. They even threw in an extra snail just in case. Both snails are alive and thriving well in my tank which has glow fish, neon tetras, cory cats, an a couple of live plants. My 6 year old son loves to try to find the snails and where they are hiding. Note, I have had the same 10 gallon tank for 2 years and same fish. None have died so I must be doing something right. Don't over feed, don't over clean. Add plants to help if you can. I will be upgrading to a 20 or 30 gallon soon. I wanted to make sure I could take care of a 10 gallon first and consistently before I upgrade. $$$

Tricia Humphreys
These snails are workhorses!

The nerite snails arrived alive and in great condition. They integrated into my tank smoothly. I was delighted to receive colors/patterns that I had not seen before. The pictures only show two of them - there was a third color/pattern in the mix as well. Just gorgeous! And they are so efficient at clearing algae. My tank is completely different after just a week.

Piotr Ungeheur

I got 4 of those duds. They came in perfect condition and healthy. It’s already 3 weeks and the all over my aquarium. Highly recommend

Amano Jones
Love Nerites!

These Nerite snails are great. I got 3 and they're all beefy guys. They've been in the tank for a week now and are thriving on the algae.

Michael Mounts

Snail came in great shape