Max Size: 2.5cm

Zebra Nerite Snail (Neritina natalensis)

The Zebra Nerite Snail is probably one of the most sought after snails for your aquarium. These snails have a stunning yet straightforward beauty, with each snail having their own unique pattern. In addition, these snails are docile and peaceful in temperament and can easily move throughout the aquarium.

Zebra Nerite Snails are very easy to care for and have minimal demands once you have added them to your tank, making them perfect for beginner aquarists as well as advanced hobbyists.

Zebra Nerite Snails make a great addition to any planted aquarium. They are insatiable algae-eaters that are continuously working hard to clean algae off of your glass, plants, decorations, substrate and even filters. Unfortunately, these snails have been known to climb above the water level; therefore, a tight-fitting lid is highly recommended to stop them from escaping.

Ideal tankmates for Zebra Nerite Snails would be small and peaceful species such as Dwarf Barbs, peaceful Tetras, Endlers and Guppies. You can also house Zebra Nerite Snails with Dwarf Neocaridina Shrimp and other snails such as Trumpet Snails, Rabbit Snails and Mystery Snails. However, it would be better to avoid harbouring these snails with large and aggressive fish, Crayfish and Assasin Snails; otherwise, your Nerites will become easy prey.

The ideal aquarium setup for Zebra Nerite Snails would include plenty of caves made from rocks or driftwood to act as hiding spots, even though they will spend most of their time out and about. The aquarium will also require a soft sandy substrate to prevent your snails from getting damaged. Aquatic plants are unnecessary; however, they are a good addition to the aquarium as they will make it look more natural and will also give your snails extra places to graze on.

Zebra Nerite Snail shells can be of various colours, from an intense golden-yellow and light brown to a yellowish-brown to a greenish-yellow. The stripes on the shell are uneven, and there can be prominent light ridges at the base of the shell. In addition, the Zebra Nerite Snail has several dark bands that can also vary in colour, which gives them their characteristic appearance.

There are various types of Nerite Snails available, including Tiger Nerite Snails, Olive Nerite Snails, Black, Red and Gold Racer Nerite Snails, Horned Nerite Snails, and Red Spotted Nerite Snails.

Zebra Nerite Snail (Neritina natalensis) Video

Zebra Nerite Snail - Best Algae Eating Snail


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Quick Facts
Scientific NameNeritina natalensis
Year Described1792
Other NamesSpotted Nerite, Tiger Snail, Zebra Snail, Zebra Nerite
Classification Gastropoda
Order Cycloneritida
OriginsBrazil, Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago
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 Snails primarily eat algae, from green to brown algae and even soft film algae. However, if there isn't enough algae for your snails to graze on, you can supplement this with fish food and spirulina wafers.

Zebra Nerite Snails will also enjoy the occasional treat of blanched vegetables, including broccoli and zucchini and will also eat blanched carrots and Kale.

It may also be necessary to provide your snails with calcium supplements as this will keep your snail's shells healthy and strong because soft shells may lead to other health issues in the future.

Sexual Dimorphism

Unfortunately, it is challenging to distinguish between male and female Zebra Nerite Snails as no apparent external differences exist. However, some sources say males have a skin fold whereas females do not, and others say females can be slightly larger.

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Date Added: 13/05/2020 - Updated: 23/02/2022 13:03:09