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I'm 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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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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Multitank said:
I'm 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!
Sorry I just edited the note with a bit more of my sleuthing!





Are you totally sure they're nerites? I don't want a zillion rams horns or other random snail type in these two tanks...


 
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Adam55 said:
Here you go...
On that same site it says rams horns are nerites... And they are well known to overpopulate.... Are you sure?




Will they eat algae wafers until the tank develops a good coating? I'm hesitant to wait because I can't find them anywhere else!


 

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Multitank said:
On that same site it says rams horns are nerites... And they are well known to overpopulate.... Are you sure?
Nerites and ram snails are completely different snails. Google photos of each and you can clearly see the difference.

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Will they eat algae wafers until the tank develops a good coating? I'm hesitant to wait because I can't find them anywhere else!
Yes and fresh veggies too. Do you have a photo of snail in question?
 
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So what is a porcupine snail? Nerite or no?




No I don't 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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Does it look like this


Or this
 

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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.
 

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This is a horned nerite, aka porcupine snail.
 
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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




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


 

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