Care Level: Easy
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size: 1″
Supplements: Calcium, Trace Elements
Color Form: Black, Green, Tan
Origin: Caribbean, Pacific Ocean
The Nerite Snail’s coloration is brown to black and has a rounded shell. They are great scavengers for reef aquariums as they remain small and rarely knock over rocks and corals. It does well in an aquarium with ample hiding places and room to forage. Live rock is needed in the aquarium because it provides algae, cyanobacteria, and diatoms for food. It is also is an effective film algae eater, grazing on other surfaces, such as the sides of the aquarium.
The Nerite Snail does well in a home aquarium if it is provided with enough algae to feed on. Keep in mind that it will starve if algae levels become sparse, so they should be supplemented with seaweed. Use an algae clip or wrap a piece of seaweed around a rock and place it next to the glass. To promote shell growth, calcium should be used in the aquarium. The Nerite Snail is sensitive to high nitrate levels and copper-based medications.