Awesome Algae Eaters : Zebra Nerite Snail
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Awesome Algae Eaters : Zebra Nerite SnailZebra Nerite Snail is the most famous species of nerite snail other freshwater Aquascaping in world. They can be known since it has the stripes of black and gold that vary from the tail to the head start of this snail.

Zebra Nerite Snail can grow quite large sizes up to 2, 5 cm, but are often sold in stores smaller than this. They are very famous and was so famous you can find in almost all shops Aquarium. Zebra Nerite snail cannot be bred in such freshwater Aquarium.

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It can benefit us if they want to keep the Zebra Nerite Snail, in addition to this species will not over populate in the Aquarium, this snail can also be used as fauna in algae exterminator your Aquascape.

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Awesome Algae Eaters : Zebra Nerite Snail

Zebra Nerite Snail it can be kept with tank mates as a non aggressive shrimp, small fish and other snail species. Zebra Nerite Snail will eat the crumbs/leftovers as well as algae in the surface of the glass substrate and the surface of the Aquarium. They constitute a fauna that can coexist with other species and can also live well to any type of Aquascape.

Read also other Aquascape fauna here.

Zebra Nerite Snail also known as the snail species pairs. The name is derived from the ability of this snail to live out of water for a long period of time. However, no Zebra Nerite Snail rarely escaped from an aquarium. They’re pretty easy to find so you don’t have to worry about looking for it all the way. You just have to monitor him regularly.

  • Water temperature: 75 ‘F/24 ‘ C
  • pH: 7.5 and hardness of the water: 9
  • Max size 1 cm/2.5 cm
  • Nitrite: 0 ppm
  • Ammonia: 0 ppm
  • Nitrates: > 40ppm
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Nitrates should as much as possible close to 0 ppm. Because this snail ingests the remnants of food that contribute to reduce nitrates to be more low, but very sensitive to nitrates is high.

Zebra Nerite Snail is very talented in terms of eating algae and other organic materials. However, if there is this snail in large numbers then they will need extra food. Because of those reasons, it is recommended that only kept 1 snail for every 5 gallons of Aquarium tanks. Zebra Nerite Snail will grow to a maximum size in the period of approximately 1 year.

Cultivating Zebra Nerite Snail in fresh water is impossible, because this snail will only breed in brackish salt water. Such information about the Awesome Algae Eaters: Zebra Nerite Snail. Hopefully this information can be useful for you.


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