Zebra Nerite Snails are the most popular species of freshwater Nerite snail in the aquarium hobby.
They can be identified by their distinct black and gold stripes running from a point at it’s shells tail. Zebra Nerite Snails can grow to a sizeable 1″ but are often bought and sold much smaller than this.
As with other species of Nerite snails, Zebra Nerite Snails are near impossible to breed in freshwater. This makes them favorable when compared to other snail species that can overpopulate in the aquarium.
Zebra Nerite Snails can be kept with other non aggressive shrimp, fish and snail species. Zebra Nerite Snails will consume debris and surface algae from the glass and substrate surface. They are a community player and an excellent addition to any aquarium.
The optimum aquarium temperature for Zebra Nerite Snails is around 70°F – 80°F (21°C-27°C). They can also be kept in unheated aquariums and ponds at much lower temperatures.
Zebra Nerite Snails require pH between about 7 and 8. 7 is at the lower end of the spectrum and upon keeping Zebra Nerite Snails the pH should not drop below this value.
Relative water hardness for Zebra Nerite Snails should be in the range of 6-12dH. Zebra Nerite Snails prefer harder water as it aids in shell development. Limestone chips placed in the filter can be used to harden water.
Zebra Nerite Snails are excellent at consuming algae and organics. However in large numbers they will require extra food. For this reason it is wise to stock no more than one snail for every 5 gallons of aquarium water. Zebra Nerite Snails for at least a year growing to a maximum size of 1″.
Zebra Nerite Snails sometimes need supplemental food if there is low organic matter and algae in the aquarium. Zebra Nerite Snails can simply be fed commercial flake and pellet food. Sometimes they will consume boiled vegetables. They are efficient cleaners and will leave the glass and substrate very clean. They are not fussy eaters. The filter should be turned off during feeding to allow the food to float to the substrate where it is easily accessible for the Zebra Nerite Snails.
Zebra Nerite Snails won’t reproduce in freshwater. Zebra Nerite Snails will only reproduce in brackish salty water. Raising young in freshwater is impossible and raising them in brackish water is very difficult. It is also important to note Zebra Nerite Snails successfully raised in captivity have much shorter life spans.
Successful breeding can happen in species only aquariums. Salinity should be raised to 1.007 and confirmed using a salinity refractometer. Temperature should be raised to 79°F (27°C) and substrate should be replaced with calcium rich chips.