Nerite never moves?

BellaFriedrick

Member
a few weeks ago I bought a mystery snail and a nerite snail for my 20 gallon. The first week the nerite was super active, the mystery wasn’t. Now the mystery is SUPER active and the nerite never moves. The tank has been cycled for almost a year, and there’s lots of variety of algae. I’m positive he’s not dead, when I move him he’ll start moving about an inch or two. The gravel is smooth, so I’m sure he’s not in pain from it. Ideas? My oldest betta lives with them, but never bothers them, so he’s not doing anything. My past nerites were kind of like this, the red racer I used to have never moved either, except a bit, and the tiger was very active.
 

Betta'sAnonymous

Member
May just be lazy. My nerites often don't move when i am looking but are almost always on the other side of the tank the next time i see them. Sometimes they are in the same place for a couple days.
 
  • Thread Starter

BellaFriedrick

Member
Betta'sAnonymous said:
May just be lazy. My nerites often don't move when i am looking but are almost always on the other side of the tank the next time i see them. Sometimes they are in the same place for a couple days.
Weird! This guy stays in the same place for weeks at a time and never eats, I always thinks he’s dead but he never is ‍♀
 

AggressiveAquatics

Member
Is he in the exact same spot? Or just in the general area. Because spending weeks in one spot isn’t normal but if it’s just in that area then There might just be a lot of algae around that area
 

Rachaeljuno

Member
BellaFriedrick said:
a few weeks ago I bought a mystery snail and a nerite snail for my 20 gallon. The first week the nerite was super active, the mystery wasn’t. Now the mystery is SUPER active and the nerite never moves. The tank has been cycled for almost a year, and there’s lots of variety of algae. I’m positive he’s not dead, when I move him he’ll start moving about an inch or two. The gravel is smooth, so I’m sure he’s not in pain from it. Ideas? My oldest betta lives with them, but never bothers them, so he’s not doing anything. My past nerites were kind of like this, the red racer I used to have never moved either, except a bit, and the tiger was very active.
I have 4 nerites between my two tanks, and I do see them moving, but when they're not it's because they're sleeping. When they sleep (if they're on the glass) you can see that they mouth suction cup (idk what it's called lol) is kind of tucked in to their shell and only their body suction cup is out. They'll sleep for many hours, but then be awake for many hours. Do you have tannins in your water? I've found that the nerites don't like tannins and climb out of the water when there's tannins in it.
 

Catfish2020

Member
BellaFriedrick said:
a few weeks ago I bought a mystery snail and a nerite snail for my 20 gallon. The first week the nerite was super active, the mystery wasn’t. Now the mystery is SUPER active and the nerite never moves. The tank has been cycled for almost a year, and there’s lots of variety of algae. I’m positive he’s not dead, when I move him he’ll start moving about an inch or two. The gravel is smooth, so I’m sure he’s not in pain from it. Ideas? My oldest betta lives with them, but never bothers them, so he’s not doing anything. My past nerites were kind of like this, the red racer I used to have never moved either, except a bit, and the tiger was very active.
I have two nitrite snails the seem eat a bunch then be inactive for about half a day.
I would be concerned if they keep falling on their side. If this happens and you place them upright and they do not move give them a sniff... if they smell bad you have a dead snail.
 

Latest threads

Top Bottom