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Nerite Snail (Neritina natalensis)

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 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.

Quick Facts
Scientific NameNeritina natalensis
Other NamesSpotted Nerite, Tiger Snail, Zebra Snail, Zebra Nerite
Aquarium LevelBottom
Lifespan1 - 3 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.5 - 8.5
GH12 -18
KH12 - 1
TDS150 - 250
65 - 85℉
18 - 29℃
Zebra Nerite Snail
Horned Zebra Nerite Snails
Nerite Snail Feeding
Nerite on Glass


Zebra Nerite Snail - Best Algae Eating Snail

Natural Habitat

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.

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What to feed 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 tides' level.

How to Sex 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.

How to Breed the Nerite Snail

Nerite snails can lay many eggs in pure freshwater aquariums, but they will not hatch and can only be successful if you keep them in salty (brackish) water.

Successful breeding is more probable with 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: 13/05/2020 - Updated: 17/11/2021 03:20:19