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Old 06-28-2006, 04:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The proof's in the pudding as they say. It takes them a while, but those Nerites do eat green dust and green spot algae.

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Yup, you've got the proof right there.
They are the most amazing little guys I've come across in the hobby for their algae eating abilities.
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I haven't gotten any freshwater ones yet. But I do have saltwater Nerites and they are awesome algae consumers.



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I will tr to get some as the warm weather has increased the amount of algae in my tank. Please let me know if they are seasonal or can we get them at any LFS.

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I got mine here: www.crayfishshop.com They were nice people to deal with.
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I got mine here: http://www.jayscustomcomputers.com/wilma/. Wilma seems like a nice lady. She answered several questions I posed her.

The only issue I have with the nerites is that they do seem to lay a lot of eggs. On my petite nanas which were quite old, there was green spot algae on some of the leaves. They have cleared the algae off of them, but since the spots were so old, it leaves behind leaves with white spots on them. Noone/nobody/no snail is perfect.
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Bert,

We've orderd from Wilma as a club and are doing so again. I would recommend her as well as the other place I've tried.
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Is there a stocking guideline for these? (amount per gallon)

Do they disrupt any plants?

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No, they don't bother plants at all. They do lay a lot of eggs, but after a few weeks that stops / slows down.

I stock about 1 to 1.5 per 10 gallons of tank. If they eat all the algae you will want to feed them some wafers, not because they eat plants afterwards, but because they won't stay as healthy.
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Thanks Aaron!!

Maybe I will have to look into picking up a few of them.

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