Nerite Snail (Neritina Natalensis) Snail Species Profile

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Zebra Nerite snails are probably the most sought after snail for your aquarium. These snails have a stunning yet straightforward beauty, with each snail having their unique pattern.

They are docile and peaceful in temperament and can move throughout the tank with ease.

They are insatiable algae-eaters working hard to clean algae off of your glass, plants, and decorations.

They eat any type of algae, and they will keep any substrate clean.

Other types of Nerite Snails available such as:-

Tiger Nerite Snail

Olive Nerite Snail

Black Racer Nerite Snail

Horned Nerite Snail.

Scientific NameNeritina Natalensis
Other NamesSpotted Nerite, Tiger snail, Zebra snail, or Zebra nerite
Aquarium LevelBottom
Lifespan1 - 3 years
Maximum Size1 inch
Water Conditions
Water TypeFreshwater
Temperature65 - 85 ℉ (18.3 - 29.4 ℃)
PH6.5 - 8.5
GH12 -18
KH12 - 1
TDS150 - 250

Zebra Nerite Snail - Best Algae Eating Snail

Origins of the Nerite Snail

Zebra Nerite snails originate from Africa, specifically Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, and Tanzania in rocky areas where they can graze depending on the level of tides


Zebra Nerites are algae-eaters, but If there isn't enough algae accessible in the aquarium, you may add to their diet by giving them algae wafers or blanched vegetables.

Sexing the Nerite Snail

Unfortunately, there is no way to tell a male from a female unless you are fortunate enough to see them laying eggs and then you will know.

Breeding the Nerite Snail

Nerite snails can lay a lot of eggs in pure freshwater aquariums, but they will not hatch and can only be successful if you keep them in brackish water.

Successful breeding is more probable with a group of 5 Nerite snails or more; this makes it more feasible that the group will contain both males and females.

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Date Added: 5/13/2020 - Updated: 5/13/2020 3:22:56 PM