Olive Nerite snails are a great option if you want an algae-eating animal for your aquarium. These freshwater snails have a connection to mollusks and hail from Africa’s eastern coast, where they live in rivers and streams.
Olive Nerite snails (Neritina natalensis) prefer a sandy bottom to a tank, though they’ll happily clean your décor, glass, and substrate. Choose between options like olive, zebra, and leopard shell patterns when you select a nerite snail. Because these snails only reproduce in brackish water, they won’t overpopulate a freshwater tank.
Nerite snails generally stay small, with adult snails reaching up to 1.5 inches in diameter. They can live in both fresh and saltwater tanks. The snails sometimes enter a period of dormancy during shipping but typically become active after no more than a week in your tank.
Nerite snails thrive in a community with other small and peaceful animals. We recommend animals like guppies, barbs, and tetras while suggesting that you avoid more aggressive species like cichlids, or even bettas, which may eat nerite snails. Nerites also do well with shrimp and some other snail species.
Our food of choice: Mini algae wafers.
Nerite snails eat algae, meaning you do not have to provide them with additional food while they live in your tank. You can even watch them leave behind trails of clean glass as they feed on the algae in the tank.
LED lighting on a tank encourages the growth of algae, ensuring the snails have enough to eat. You can also provide them with algae pops or algae wafers if you find you need to supplement their diet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is It Worth Getting Nerite Snails?
Do you want to keep your tank clear of algae growth? If so, nerite snails remain one of the best choices you can make. The snails spend the majority of their time crawling around, eating algae as they go.
While they cannot breed in freshwater, they clean both fresh and saltwater tanks. We recommend these snails, especially for aquarium beginners.
Can Nerite Snails Escape Their Tanks?
Nerite snails are aquatic animals, but that doesn’t stop them from developing an urge to explore. Nerite snails can climb directly out of their tank, which sometimes startles first-time snail owners. They crawl out due to hunger or water quality issues in some cases, but they also climb out just to explore.
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
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