Ruby Nerite Snail (Neritina natalensis sp)

Alternative names: Ruby Nerite Snail, Red Spotted Snail, Tracked Nerite Snail

Nerites are not hermaphrodites, there are separate sexes of male and female snails. It will lay eggs in freshwater, but they won't survive since the young need brackish conditions to live.

• Tank compatibility
A peaceful snail, will not bother tank inhabitants. However, should not be kept with aggressive fish that may try to eat it such as Loaches or Pufferfish.

• Diet
This snail is a great algae eater. Generally will not touch plants if there is algae present and will eat most types of algae. If no algae is present the snail will have to be supplemented with blanched vegetables and algae wafers.

• Feeding regime
Will constantly graze in it's environment.

• Environment Specifics
Needs a spacious well oxygenated tank with plenty of algae to eat. If put in a new tank with no algae present and not supplemented, it can starve. A tight fitting lid is a must as these snails can be escape artists. must have water with a pH of greater than 7 and GH of greater than 5°d otherwise the shell will dissolve away and the snail will die. The presence of copper in the water will kill it.

• Behaviour
An attractive snail that will not multiply. They may lay lots of white/yellow eggs however, but they will not hatch. The young need brackish conditions and are difficult to rear in captivity. The eggs harden and can be difficult to remove. This snail is a gill breather.

• Identification
A pretty rounded smooth shell with a deep golden brown colour with several bands of black dots. White skin deeply mottled with black pigment.

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