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How can you tell if a Nerite snail is male or female?

Asked by Alexia Neal

Paul Gardner

Paul Gardner
BA, Contributor

Unlike Mystery Snails, Nerite Snails do not change gender over time. They are just one gender, male or female, from the time they hatch. It is often difficult, if not impossible to tell the difference between male and females until females lay eggs. Nerite Snails behave, move, and look the same regardless of gender.

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What do Nerite snail eggs look like?

Nerite Snail eggs look like little white dots and are most noticeable on dark surfaces like HOB filter intakes and dark aquarium heaters, on the glass, or on decorations and ornaments. Nerite Snail eggs are hard and will need to be scraped off to be taken out of the tank.

Why are my Nerite snails stuck together?

The other snail is probably mating with him; I once had two nerites stuck together for almost a week (one riding on the other). There are a couple surefire ways to check if it's dead; if the snail's foot is out of it's shell and it's clinging onto anything (even a piece of substrate) it's not dead.

Can you keep two Nerite snails together?

Keeping Nerite Snails Together

Different nerites can be kept together without any problems, even the more intimidating horned species is peaceful. 1 or 2 snails in a 10 gallon tank will avoid overstocking. You can add 1 snail per 5 gallons of water.

Will Nerite snails lay eggs in freshwater?

Nerite snails are quite adaptive, as they can live and lay eggs in both saline and fresh water. ... Occasionally though, the eggs may hatch in freshwater, but the larvae won't survive. A female Nerite snail will keep laying eggs in a freshwater aquarium and they will, in most cases, remain unhatched.

Why is my Nerite snail not moving?

The most common reason why a nerite snail will stop moving is due to chemicals found in water or due to poor water quality. If there are higher levels of nitrite or ammonia, they will stop moving. ... You will have to replace at least 75% of the water and make sure nitrite and ammonia levels are low.

Can I keep Nerite snails in saltwater?

Although they thrive in both freshwater and salt water, they require salt water to reproduce. Thus, they are quite incapable of overpopulating any freshwater aquarium. Nerite Snails are completely peaceful, and therefore safe to keep with any fish, shrimp, live plants, or other snails.

Will a single Nerite snail lay eggs?

Yes the female will lay eggs without a male present. I have a single nerite and have eggs all over. The larvae will not hatch, or if they do, will not survive unless in brackish water though (so says the internet).

Can a Nerite snail live alone?

Nerite snails absolutely do not care about a company of any other Nerite snail in the tank as well. So, do not think that they will feel lonely. Nerite snails are not pure water snails and from time to time can climb outside of the aquarium.

How long do snails live for?

How long does a snail live? Most snails live for two or three years (in cases of land snails), but larger snail species can survive up to 10 years in the wild! In captivity, however, the longest known lifespan of a snail is 25 years, which is the Helix Pomatia.

How do you tell if a snail is sleeping?

How Can You Tell If a Snail Is Asleep?

  1. The shell may hang away from their body slightly.
  2. Relaxed foot.
  3. Tentacles appear withdrawn a little.

How long can Nerite snails be out of water?

So most probably he was out of the water and still managed to survive for more than 10 hours.

Can Nerite snails live with bettas?

Nerite snails are among the best types of snails that keep up with betta fish. Since most of them eat only algae and biofilm, you should consider keeping them in well-established tanks. Nerite snails come from brackish areas with tides, where they climb out of the water for a few hours every day.

How many Nerite snails are in a 10 gallon?

Make sure you keep the ratio of 2 snails per 10 gallons of water. If you add too many of them in a small space, they literally won't have enough algae for dinner.

Do Nerite snails eat cucumber?

One apple snail with two nerite snails, for example, will do just fine with one piece of cucumber. Add in a few shrimp and a couple more nerite snails and you're better off with two slices. ... If you have a seeded cucumber, cut out the seeds from each slice.

Will Nerite snails escape?

Even in the best covered tanks, a Nerite Snail escaping from an aquarium can be a pretty common occurrence. ... A Nerite Snail seems to be comfortable staying dormant there for long periods of time. Nerite Snails don't seem to dry out there and they somehow stay moist.

What do Nerite snails like to eat?

Diet:Nerite Snail is Herbivorous in feeding habit. Food content:Nerite Snail eats phytoplankton, especially algae, Cyanobacteria, Diatoms, Film Algae and vegetable bits. Supplements: Supplement the food of Nerite Snail with the small bits or the flakes of cucumber, blanched spinach and lettuce, and corgette.

How long can a snail go without moving?

Newly arrived snails often do not move for the first 2 or 3 days. If you think a snail is dead, use a pencil to gently pry against the hard flap at the shell opening. If it resists probing or is tightly closed, the animal is alive.

How do I know if my snail is hibernating or dead?

Snails do hibernate for several days at a time. They may sit in the same spot, and stop suctioning on the walls of the tank. If after 2 days your snail has not moved, then you should consider the smell test. ... But if the body drifts freely from the shell, then the snail is dead.

Do I need to feed my Nerite snail?

How Much and How Often Should You Feed Nerite Snails? As long as you have plenty of algae in your tank, there's no need to feed these guys at all. Just check the tank. If there's visible algae, you're good!

What do I do if my snail lays eggs?

If your mystery snails lay a pile of eggs, you have a few options. Leave them as they are, and they'll hatch in 2-4 weeks if they're fertile. If you don't want a huge snail population in your aquarium, you can either discard the clutch or transfer it to another tank to hatch there.

Can you have too many snails in a fish tank?

A few snails may not harm your tank but an infestation can become detrimental. Perhaps you have had the experience of looking over your tank one day to find an unexpected guest cruising along your tank wall.

Can a Nerite snail live in 1 gallon tank?

Most snails that are readily available in fish stores, with the exception of the larger species like apple snails, can be great additions to a 1 gallon fish tank. ... Some good snail candidates for a 1 gallon aquarium are, nerite snails, ramshorn snails, pond snails, and maylasian trumpet snails.

How do nerite snails reproduce?

Most snails reproduce asexually, but nerite snails are an exception. The female will produce eggs for the male to fertilize, like fish. The eggs will then be spread throughout the tank and develop into larvae if provided brackish water conditions.

How do Nerite snails breed?

Keeping the zebra nerite snails well-fed encourages them to breed. Wait for the snails to breed. They will breed when they feel comfortable in their environment. They will lay eggs, which will then hatch into nerite snail larvae.