I just bought my first snail! (Well, since I was a little kid, anyway.) I got a nerite, what they call a "tiger blood" (not sure if the colorations have different names in different areas). I think the LFS hadn't had a shipment of nerites in awhile; I had actually planned to get a zebra stripe but there weren't any (well, not any with snails still in them). Most of the tiger bloods weren't that great looking either; I know there are slight variations to the colors, but all that were left were pale ones with messed up patterns. (I wanted a pretty one, okay? XD ) We had actually planned to leave and wait for a new shipment, but decided to go back and look once before we took off. There was this one guy whose pattern looked nice, a nice red-orange color, being active (well, as for as snails go), so we decided to get him. He didn't want to let go from the root bulb he was on, which is hopefully a good thing! Took him home (about a 45 minute drive), acclimated him, and dropped him in. We're putting him in our 2.5 gallon planted shrimp tank for now; he'll get too big but he'll help with the algae for now (lazy shrimp) and when he gets bigger we'll move him to one of our other tanks. We'd like to have nerites in both, so not sure which yet (but I think a black and yellow snail would nicely contrast our red and blue betta, so we'll probably put a zebra in with him). Apparently corona nerites stay smaller, so I'd like to get one of those for the 2.5 gallon, but I've never seen one so I'd have to order one. (Hint hint, if anyone's selling... ) As soon as we tossed him in, the shrimps were all very curious and came over. Nothing aggressive, just investigating ("hmm, this isn't an algae wafer") then going on their merry ways. Luckily he had already come out of his shell in the bag, so when I put him in the tank he turned over pretty quickly and started...doing whatever snails do XD We think he's pretty awesome. Still need a name though. If anyone can tell snail genders and knows which he is, let me know! For now he's Mr. Snail.