Nerite feeding

Discussion in 'Snails' started by Grimund, Jun 28, 2016.

  1. Grimund

    GrimundWell Known MemberMember

    What do I feed a Nerite? My girlfriend bought two and I'm not sure what to feed them
  2. el337

    el337Fishlore LegendMember

    They mostly eat brown algae off plants and glass as well as bio-film. You could also leave fresh veggies in the tank for them. Mine seem to like zucchini and spinach the best.
  3. superbutterfly12Well Known MemberMember

    If your tank has algae or diatoms i wouldn't bother feeding. If it's a brand new tank offer a small pieceof algae wafer every few days

  4. Bithimala

    BithimalaFishlore VIPMember

    Took mine about 6 months to accept food that wasn't something hanging out around the tank. They like spinach, zucchini, green beans, and snail jello so far.
  5. Junne

    JunneFishlore LegendMember

    I feed mine zucchini, squash ( they love mini pumpkins, not the gords but the small version of pumpkins hollowed out ) carrots and broccoli. I don't feed broccoli as much any more because it makes a mess but try experimenting with different veggies.
  6. OP

    GrimundWell Known MemberMember

    Hmm. How often should I feed them?

    They are going into a split 10 gallon for two betta. One may try to eat food I drop in the one side before the snail gets to it
  7. superbutterfly12Well Known MemberMember

    Once a week? As tank gets established they'll happily eat biofilm you and I can't see itbut as long as you don't really scrib llants and decor they will clean for you
  8. Redshark1

    Redshark1Well Known MemberMember

    I haven't seen my nerite eat anything but algae / biofilm in it's 11 years in my care.
  9. OP

    GrimundWell Known MemberMember

    That's reassuring :) I was freaking out because I only have betta pellets
  10. aliray

    alirayFishlore VIPMember

    Wow that is a long time. I never heard of one living that long. that's great...:;snailWhat kind of nerite snail is it?...Alison:;hi1
  11. Redshark1

    Redshark1Well Known MemberMember

    It's a very handsome Zebra.

    Nerite Aquarium Hex Steve Joul 08.10.06 024.jpg

    Grevy's Zebra I think.

    I just looked up the stripes online!

    Of course you have to constantly have something in the tank for them to eat.

    Almost as critical is buying them in perfect condition. Any with damaged shells will not last as long.

    The size of the foot is a good guide to health, it should be nice and big.

    Also, do not pay heed to advice to add salt. I was told I should be keeping it in brackish and although I added salt very gradually it was clear that it didn't like it one bit. It stopped moving and shrank in size until I reversed the process.

    Now the only thing I add salt to is chips! Yum!
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2016
  12. Bithimala

    BithimalaFishlore VIPMember

    Nerites do not need salt to live. They do need brackish for the eggs to hatch, but not once they're out of the eggs. 11 years is an insanely long time for a nerite! That's amazing :) Standard is 1-2 years.
  13. Redshark1

    Redshark1Well Known MemberMember

    Yes, some have suggested I am insane!

    I also have six 22 year old Clown Loaches, nine 10 year old Glass Catfish, one 9 year old African Dwarf Frog.

    My Arnold's Red-eyed Tetra lived 16 years and 5 months.

    I have killed a few other things though!
  14. Bithimala

    BithimalaFishlore VIPMember

    I believe we have found the fountain of youth for fish :)

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