Nerite Snails Olive (10 per order)

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About This Product

You won't believe the results until you see with your own eyes !!! Nerite Snails are a perfect natural way to control algae! They will not eat your plants, are easy to maintain, are very hardy, and have a life span of about a year. They will thrive in freshwater, but, will not reproduce and multiply in freshwater, they require brackish water for breeding. Most of our Nerite snails are a plain brown with small white splotches or very subtle stripes.
Aquarium set-up:
Minimum water capacity of five gallons
Keep Rocks/driftwood and vegetation in the tank hosting Nerite Snail.
Give ample space to Nerite Snail to hide and to search for food.
Stocking:Keep one Nerite Snail per 2.50 gallons of aquarium water.
Temperature of water:Maintain the temperature of your tank water between seventy-five and eighty-four degrees Fahrenheit.
pH of water: 6.00 to 8.50.
Aquarium disposition:Owing to its small size, Nerite Snail does not disturb vegetation in your aquarium. Do not keep aggressive invertebrates or aggressive fish with the nerite snail as these animals may eat the snail.
Feeding & Nutrition:
Diet:Nerite Snail is Herbivorous in feeding habit.
Food content:Nerite Snail eats phytoplankton, especially algae, Cyanobacteria, Diatoms, Film Algae and vegetable bits.
Supplement the food of Nerite Snail with the small bits or the flakes of cucumber, blanched spinach and lettuce, and corgette.
Add Calcium as dietary supplements for the shell growth of Nerite Snail.
Introducing/acclimating them to your aquarium:
When receiving an order of freshwater Nerite snails, they will be in a dormant stage upon
arrival. Slowly acclimate them to your aquarium water. Losses will most often not happen or be
at a minimum if you do this properly. It may take up to 24 hours before all the snails begin to
move about, so be patient. When adding them to the tank, after equalizing the temp in the bag to the aquarium temp. Try placing them right side-up. It is a fact, that, they can't turn themselves right side-up. Thus, they will perish.

Customer Reviews

  • 2
    Ordered never received

    Posted by John czernia on Mar 20th 2020

    Placed order for NERITE OLIVE SNAILS never received them, called and spoke to someone I was told shipping amount was incorrect and would send request for additional never happened

  • 5
    Nice snails

    Posted by Unknown on Jul 16th 2016

    Ordered 2 snails, received 4, 2 of them seem to have cracks in the shell, but it doesn't seem to bother them a bit. Started moving within 10 minutes of getting into the water, seem very healthy and happy.

  • 5
    algae cure: Nerite snails!

    Posted by craig loughery on Jul 16th 2016

    My 75 gallon tank is CLEAN AS CRYSTAL, after adding 15 of these nerite snails...they are an unbelievably simple cure..haven't scraped the glass since i put them in, and no cruddy algae growth on plants, rocks, or driftwood.. best thing since sliced bread!

  • 5
    Greedy cleaners

    Posted by Bogdan on Jul 16th 2016

    I bought about 14 of them to clean my 20gallon aquarium which has a lot of plants and had black/hair algae all over the glass, plants, heater, and filters. 2 died, the other ones play dead during the day. But after 1 month it's super clean. I just saw in the first weeks areas of algae vanishing over night like someone scrubbed it thoroughly. I highly recommend with java moss (x-mass moss is nice). The moss deprives the algae from nutrients and the nails eat the algae. Sometimes I had to place a snail on a hard to reach plant leaf and it scrubbed it by next day.

  • 5
    unbelievably efficient little workers

    Posted by genie on Jul 16th 2016

    I have been struggling with brown diatom algae for months in my 25 gallon. I bought a dozen snails and received about 18. The first night not much happened as they mainly explored the front glass which I keep pretty clean. But over the week-end, wow! In 2 days time all of the glass is sparkling, even the heater tube, my huge zebra rock is pristine and all of the large sword and anubias leaves are clean. We're talking probably 2 dozen 2" wide leaves that were BROWN and are now returned to bright green. I went and bought some sinking algae wafers because these guys are just amazing and I'm going to run out of algae for them really fast.

  • 5
    Nerite's are the Bomb !

    Posted by Craig Woodhull on Nov 23rd 2014

    Keep reading it is all true.I thought my plants were messed up, 'til one of these guys finished with it. Like new. I liked the eggs as my blue rams loved eating them. The main thing is no algae ANYWHERE. Well worth the price, even if I do have to order more every few mos.(Discus tank bound to miss two or three doing water changes) Just got a larger tank, sooo more Nerites.

  • 5
    Complaint that nerites lay eggs

    Posted by JPS on Feb 1st 2013

    It is amazing to me that people like the poster who complains that nerites must be "A-sexual" because they lay eggs all over the place manage to keep ANYTHING alive. If you take five minutes to do a little research on the animal you are going to purchase you will find out that Nerites can't reproduce in freshwater but that they will lay eggs. Sheeeesh.

  • 5
    Got algae? Get these snails

    Posted by richard christiansen on May 31st 2012

    I'v had these snails over a year and they are, by far, the best cleaners ever. Always had some algae now I never do. Snails are long lasting and do grow only a little bit. Six stars if I could.

  • 5
    happy snails!

    Posted by Arlen on Jun 22nd 2011

    I ordered two and received six! No complaints - thank you!! They arrived alive and in good health and are busy at work cleaning my tanks. Thanks!!

  • 3
    Great cleaners AND EGG LAYERS!

    Posted by Dar on Dec 21st 2010

    These snails definitely do their job. My tank looks great but I'm quite disappointed in the fact that they told me the snails wouldn't mate in freshwater. Well, if they don't mate, they must be A-sexual because I have white little eggs all over my tank and live plants. Now I have to continually clean these up. DISAPPOINTED.

  • 5
    Nerite Snails are "unbelievable"!!

    Posted by Don Buckles on Jan 14th 2010

    I was going out of my mind fighting algae in my aquariums. Purchased every algaecide imaginable, cleaned the plants & rocks by hand, but couldn't keep up with the algae: the faster I cleaned, it came back faster. Totally frustrated, I called Randy @ Aquarium Plants and was asked: have you tried Nerite Snails? I replied "the algae is bad enough, I don't need to be overrun by Snails too! He informed me they don't multiply, they just eat algae! He recommended 1 per 2 gallons of water but I "played it safe" and purchased 1 per 4 gallons, 15 in total. I dumped them in my aquariums last night and decided to take a "head count" this evening. They were all fine but you really have to see this to believe it! One 1/2" snail had cleaned off 4 leaves of a "Florida Crypt" and was starting on his 4th leave of an Anubias! Sit around and watch these "little guys" work: they are amazing!! I hope I can produce enough algae in the future to keep them happy!!

  • 5
    solution I was looking for

    Posted by richard dannunzio on Dec 18th 2009

    I had an algae problem with my 29gallon freshwater tank and did not want to use a chemical solution to get rid of them. I spoke to someone at and he recommended I try using Nerite snails. He said that they would get rid of my algae in two weeks, including algae on my plants. I was skeptical that they would work but decided to try them before I tried a chemical to kill the algae. I just wanted to tell you that the snails are truly amazing...they are like little non-stop vacuum cleaners. Its been less than a week and most of the algae is already gone. I never would have thought they would have worked so well. Last night I watched one snail clean a leaf on one of the plants. When it was finished, the leaf was spotless. Thanks for recommending these little guys; its the natural solution I was looking for. Rick