Water Change W/ Nerite Snails

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Hello! I recently got 3 black racer nerite snails to put in my 3.5 tank to help with a brown algae problem. For some reason they like staying on the glass and hardly ever move off of it. I need to do a water change and they are literally at the very top of the tank. Is it alright for me to move them? Or is there another way to move them that wouldn't require me unsticking them from the glass? Maybe put some cucumber in to invite them to the bottom? One is also on my heater
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You can do a water change normally They'll be exposed to air for a bit, but they'll move back down (or stay where they are - you'll be replacing the water you remove shortly, and it may not be enough time for them to move down). They'll be fine!

You can also pick them up and move them if you really wanted to.
 

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I wouldn't worry. They shouldn't have an issue if when you pull water out they are temporarily in air. They do breath air. So I would just do the water change and be careful of knocking into them.
 
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Oh! I didn't know they breathed air! good to know. Thanks for the advice all
 

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Yeah I have 8 nerite snails in my 20 gallon and some are at the top when I change te water, If I know I'm going to do some other stuff a short time before replacing the water, I'll push them gently towards the water, even if it's not necessary. And for the veggies, you should definitely put a piece of zucchinI (or other veggies) at the bottom, zucchinI has the best amount of calcium for their shells and they love it. I always put one in my tank with skewers to weigh it down.
 
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Sounds great! Thank you!
 

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