Nerita sp.
Source: Kasper Hareskov Tygesen
Nerita sp.
Source: Kasper Hareskov Tygesen

Facts

Latin name Nerita sp.
Common name Nerite
Family Gastropods - Nerita
Origin

As aquarium fish

Minimum volume 50 l (13 gal)
Hardiness Hardy
Suitable for aquarium Suitable for most aquarium
Reef safe Always reef safe
Aggressiveness Peaceful

Food

Mostly
  • Microalgea (Eg. spirulina)

Algae eater

This species helps keeping the aquarium free from algea.
It will primary eat from liverock and algae covering the glass.

Genus description (Nerita)

Several Nerita species live above the waterline in mangrove, therefore they might crawl out of the aquarium, while other species are excellent algae eaters for marine aquariums.

Family description (Gastropods)

There are many different kinds of sea snails or marine gastropods, but their most common purpose is ridding aquaria of algae and leftover foods. A few species are also bought for decorative purposes.

Many of them can however be a nuisance in coral aquaria, but it is often difficult to identify which ones.
The information found on this page is primarily on the subject of snails found in the aquarium trade.

Pictures of many types of snails can be found here: Hardy's Internet Guide to Marine Gastropods.

References and further reading

About references

Ronald M. Shimek. 2004. The Grazing Snails, Part I - Turbo, Trochus, Astraea, and Kin - Reefkeeping Magazine - (English)
Ronald M. Shimek. 2004. The Grazing Snails, Part II - Turbo, Trochus, Astraea, and Kin - Reefkeeping Magazine - (English)
Julian Sprung. 2003. Aquarium Invertebrates: Nerites: Bleeding Tooth, Zebras, Checkers And More - Advanced Aquarist - (English)

Dave Wolfenden. 2014. Keeping Turbo and friends - Practical Reefkeeping - (English)
Ronald L. Shimek. 2004. The Grazing Snails, Part I - Turbo, Trochus, Astraea, and Kin - Reefkeeping Magazine - (English)

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