Mystery Or Nerite Snails

  1. Katie13 Fishlore VIP Member

    What is the maximum number of Mysteries or Nerites in a 15, 20H, 29, 37, or 60 gallon?
  2. BottomDweller Fishlore VIP Member

    With fish or alone?

    These numbers are for average community tanks

    15- about 3
    20- about 3-4
    29- about 6
    37- about 8
    60- about 15

    In a mystery only tank you could have more

    Nerites (in an average community tank with no other algae eaters)
    15- 2-3
    20- about 3
    29- about 4
    37- about 5
    60- about 7

    If there was loads of algae you could have more.

  3. Katie13 Fishlore VIP Member

    No other algae eaters, but I may add a pleco(s). There's plenty of algae in most of them. Could I keep them in my other 60 with Melanochromis Auratus? It has a ton of algae, and agreddion doesn't seem to be too bad. I've heard the general rule is 1 every 3-5 gallons, but I've never kept more than one in Betta tanks.
  4. BottomDweller Fishlore VIP Member

    I have a very small (1.5") BN pleco in my 63 gallon with 2 normal nerite snails and 1 horned nerite. When I just had the snails there was always plenty of algae for them all but since I have added the pleco there is almost no algae so I had to take the snails out and out them in another tank that had enough algae for them.

    With mysteries you have their large bioload to worry about when thinking about stocking levels with them but with nerites you need to be more concerned about how much they'll have to eat.

  5. Katie13 Fishlore VIP Member

    I had just been considering adding a Pleco to the 60 off and on as there's a large amount of algae. I'm not too worried about bioload good filters, water changes 2-3 times a week (1 is a gravel vac), and none of the tanks are near fully stocked.
  6. Katie13 Fishlore VIP Member

    @BottomDweller What would be the maximum number of Mystery Snails in a 5 gallon Mystery Snail only tank or a tank that possibly also has shrimp?
  7. James17 Well Known Member Member

    I think two mysteries would be ok in a five.

  8. Katie13 Fishlore VIP Member

    Could I do more in a heavily planted 5? Maybe 3 for breeding purposes?
  9. James17 Well Known Member Member

    I think so, I don't see why not as long as you don't try to put other poop makers in there. LOL
  10. Katie13 Fishlore VIP Member

    I'm wanting a number of colors, but I'd like to keep the color in the lines. To think I was never a big fan of snails.

  11. Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    I'm not sure I'd do the maximum amount, because it'd be a lot. A cool thing to do in any of these sized tanks would be to get one of each type of color of nerite snail, like olive, tire tracked, zebra, horned, bumblebee, etc.

  12. JLeeM Well Known Member Member

    I've been wondering about this myself. In my 20 gallon long, I have 2 mysteries and 3 nerites (2 black racers and 1 horned zebra). Wondering if I could do 3-4 mysteries (all different) and 5-6 nerites (2 black racers, 2 tiger, 1-2 horned) all together. When I get my 40B running I can always transfer some too. Might be a little overboard on the nerites.
  13. Katie13 Fishlore VIP Member

    I plan to stock my 20H with 6 Gold Rams (pairing) and 3-4 DGs 1m/2-3f. With that stock, how many Mysterys could I put in there? I plan to place an order for magentas tomorrow. I was thinking 4, but what do you think? I was thinking 5 might be pushing it, but I would like your opinions.
  14. BottomDweller Fishlore VIP Member

    I would do about 3 in a 20
  15. Katie13 Fishlore VIP Member

    Could I get by with 4-5? As I'm going to order them, the price comes of better with shipping if I got 4-5. If necessary, I have other tanks they could be moved into.
  16. BottomDweller Fishlore VIP Member

    4 would probably be ok but they are quite large snails with a reasonably large bioload.
  17. Katie13 Fishlore VIP Member

    The Golds are just for pairing, so permanent stock will only be Mysteries and DGs.
  18. Katie13 Fishlore VIP Member

    It looks like I'll either be setting up a Bolivian tank earlier than expected or possibly getting 5. I haven't yet decided. The minimum order it about $0.20 less than what 4 would cost. @BottomDweller @James17 do you think I found do 5? If not, I will either purchase 1-2 of the larger size or set up a Bolivian tank and order 3 Magenta Mysterys and 2 Ivory Mysterys. My filter on the 20H should be able to handle the bioload of my stocking plan (6 Gold Rams, 3-4 DGs, and 3-5 Magenta Mysterys)