Nerite Snail - does not eat plants

  • Dimensions: Approx 2cm
  • Model: V1464313
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Neritina turrita are the most wonderful snails and for those of you not familiar with them, they are excellent algae eaters. They have been in the hobby for many years and are great workers - particularly good for cleaning rocks and glass. Although more common in the marine side of the hobby, they are very adaptable and hence become popular in the freshwater side.

Found within the Pacific and Caribbean Oceans, they've come quite a distance.

They do not eat plants which is why they are so wonderful and their shells are extremely attractive. The picture shows a type available but patterns will vary from snail to snail as you can imagine :)

Most suited to aquariums without CO2 - an acidic environment can erode their shells and cause them to die. If you have loaches, it's best not to keep Nerites with them. Nerites grow to a maximum of 2.5cm in length. It's important to keep a close eye on their food as once their algae runs out, they will need supplements. However bare in mind they are slow, it's best to put pellets or algae wafers down at night time when there is less competition. Any deterioration on their shell needs addressing immediately and they will need more calcium in their diet and a pH neutral or above.

Note: Nerites have to be sent via Express Delivery.

Acclimatisation: Very little is needed. Simply gently place your snail into your tank (avoid dropping them) and make sure they are upright. After a few hours they should start to move.

by Denise Bannerman on 7/8/2014

Great product. These snails are now happily trundling around and munching away on the algae in my tank. They arrived very quickly and were well packaged; so well, in fact, that my daughter and I had trouble finding them in the box at first, there was so much padding in there! They started to move very quickly and are now completely at home. I am very happy with the service and the product I received from Aqua Essentials and will definately purchase more from this company.

by James Wakelin on 4/8/2014

These guys are soo great, have a large appetite for algae already cleaned most of my rocks which were covered in the stuff.

by Laura Behjet on 24/7/2014

Fabulous! I love them

by Trevor Thorpe on 15/5/2014

Arrived promptly and very well packaged, I received two that were very similar to the one in the picture and they started moving as soon as I put them in the tank!

by Mike Kelland on 6/5/2014

Snails came packed very well in a small pot filled with damp filter floss I received two yellow ones and an orange one like the picture put them in my tank last week they have been munching algae ever since. Kel

by STEPHEN BAYLEY on 24/4/2014

arrived safely well packed fast delivery thanks

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Hi, the snails do they definitely not eat plants as my aquarium has lots, not heard of a snail that dosent like eating plants before thanks steve


They don't eat plants

What do you feed them? Do they just eat the algae from the glass etc, or do I need to feed them ?


Just algae!

When will you receive more stock of Nerites? I would like to purchase six


Another 2 weeks

Hi, I add easy carbo and profito to my 180 tank would liked to of purchased a couple of snails but not sure if these chemicals I have stated would harm them


We use liquid carbon and have no issues with them

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