Sorry me again with an interesting snail question!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by Multitank, Jul 2, 2014.

  1. MultitankNew MemberMember

    Im having trouble finding nerites for my tanks... One store near me has what they call porcupine snails....what are they? Ive looked online and some people swear they are horned nerites... Other say they are something totally different... The girl at the store had never heard of nerites... Scary, but doesn't help me!


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    Last edited: Jul 2, 2014
  2. Adam55

    Adam55Well Known MemberMember

    You found nerites. It's a nerite with little horns.

    ..and how weird that they have porcupines and not regular nerites.
     
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    MultitankNew MemberMember

    Sorry i just edited the note with a bit more of my sleuthing!



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    MultitankNew MemberMember

    Are you totally sure they're nerites? I dont want a zillion rams horns or other random snail type in these two tanks...


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  5. Adam55

    Adam55Well Known MemberMember

    Here you go...
     
     
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    MultitankNew MemberMember

    On that same site it says rams horns are nerites... And they are well known to overpopulate.... Are you sure?


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    MultitankNew MemberMember

    Will they eat algae wafers until the tank develops a good coating? Im hesitant to wait because i cant find them anywhere else!


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  8. psalm18.2

    psalm18.2Fishlore LegendMember

    Nerites and ram snails are completely different snails. Google photos of each and you can clearly see the difference.
     
  9. psalm18.2

    psalm18.2Fishlore LegendMember

    Yes and fresh veggies too. Do you have a photo of snail in question?
     
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    MultitankNew MemberMember

    So what is a porcupine snail? Nerite or no?


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    MultitankNew MemberMember

    No i dont have a pic...I've been phoning all over trying to find nerites... Noone seems to have them.. But this one store has porcupine snails but never heard of nerites so doesn't know if they are ...


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  12. psalm18.2

    psalm18.2Fishlore LegendMember

    Does it look like this
     

    Or this
     
     
  13. Adam55

    Adam55Well Known MemberMember

    If the shell on the snail you are looking at curves like a horn or a rope that is coiled up, then it's a ramshorn. If it looks like a tear drop, it's a nerite. And the porcupine is a nerite. I didn't see where it said a ramshorn is a nerite, but it isn't. The one you're seeing in your LFS should look like a nerite with little prongs on his shell.
     
  14. psalm18.2

    psalm18.2Fishlore LegendMember

    This is a horned nerite, aka porcupine snail.
     
     
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    MultitankNew MemberMember

    I haven't seen it yet... And the second link didnt work... If it looks like the first pic is that a nerite? Did the second link look like this? ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1404350674.489744.jpg


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    MultitankNew MemberMember

    Is the horned armour snail in that first link a nerite?


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  17. Adam55

    Adam55Well Known MemberMember

    No. The second link provided is the nerite. So is the third one.
     
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    MultitankNew MemberMember

    Cool...i have screen shots with the pics and scientific and common names... I will go tomorrow with a water sampl! :)


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