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Old 07-09-2005, 11:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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There were some Virgin nerites on aquabid that went for really high prices, like 5 for >$50. The seller claimed he had them in freshwater tanks, so apparently they can be acclimated to freshwater. I ordered some really cheap from a saltwater site and hope to acclimate them to freshwater. I have diluted their water about 3-4x with freshwater over the last couple of days, they still look fine Do you think I can keep them eventually in freshwater?



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They are from intertidal zones if I remember correctly and will live in all kinds of water from full FW to full SW. They do have a larval stage that does require full SW and plankton. I've been looking at them too and contemplating working them some myself from full SW to FW as the $10 ea price is a bit scary to me.
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That's the info I got over the net. My plan is, if I can keep them successfully in freshwater, I will keep some in full saltwater and see if they breed
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Keep us updated Shalu -- those are some beautiful snails! I want some (that are already acclimated, however)!
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Site was posted in another thread here, I'll save you the search

http://floridapets.tripod.com/snails.html

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that's where I bought it.
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Or if you live in Florida they are free with a little collecting.
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Or if you live in Florida they are free with a little collecting.
And you get to pick and choose the ones with particularly attractive color and patterns.
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How are the snails doing? Update?
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An update. After a few days acclimation by adding freshwater, I put 10 out of 17(bought 18, 1 DOA) into my shrimp tank, well, only 3 made it the next day. Apparently, I was not patient enough during acclimation, I learned a lession there. I put the remaining ones into saltwater tank, they are doing very well there, I hope they will breed .

The 3 in the shrimp tank are doing great, eating algae, including green spot algae on Anubias leaves(The anubias used to be very clean, GSA grew after I increased photoperiod to grow more algae for shrimps). Most of them are still small, like 5mm(much smaller than the Olive nerites I have), so I suppose I got the young ones.

Couple of pics of nerite in shrimp tank:



The dead ones make the best pose for the camera
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