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Tiger Eye Nerite Snails (Pack of 5)

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Tiger Eye Nerite Snails | Pack of 5

Nerite snails are highly desirable additions to home aquariums. They display a distinct pattern on their small oval shells that resemble a tiger’s eye gemstone. On their heads, they have a pair of tentacles that can extend and retreat when threatened. Nerite snails have small, round mouths lined with a row of tiny teeth that they use to feed on algae, dead plants, or decaying matter. They also have a door-like plate attached to their foot called an operculum that they can use to bar the entry to their shell when they feel unsafe. They are relatively small attaining a size of about 1 inch in diameter.

Nerite Snails Care Guide

Nerite snails do not need any special accommodations and will thrive in varied water conditions. The acceptable water temperature range is between 70 F and 84 F and a pH of 7 and above. They are active species and will crawl through all surfaces in the aquarium in search of algae and other food. They will appreciate aquariums with plants, rocks, driftwood, and other tank decorations on which they graze continuously throughout the day.   

Nerite snails are especially desirable in aquariums because of their ability to graze on all kinds of algae and keep it under control. They are famed algae eaters. They will efficiently remove algae from rocks, driftwood, aquarium glass, and other decorations. Except for some species of fish, there are no better natural ways to fight algae than Nerite snails. In addition to algae, Nerite snails will eat leftover fish food, detritus, biofilm, and other decaying matter.   

Some aquarium hobbyists see snails as undesirable because some types of snails can breed prolifically. But this is not the case with Nerite snails as they require brackish water to reproduce and consequently cannot breed in freshwater aquariums.

Tiger Eye Nerite Snails’ algae-fighting prowess combined with their inability to reproduce in freshwater environments and ease of care makes them very popular in the hobby and highly desirable additions to home aquariums.   

Reviews (75)

  • 4
    nerilite egg mess
    Posted by Craig T on 27 Jul 2023

    All came in good health and thriving well. However I had no idea they make such an ugly mess with their egg laying all over the tank glass and anywhere else they crawl to...quite prolific...hundreds (maybe a thousand) of white dots.

  • 5
    The snails were all alive and in good shape
    Posted by Martha Reneau on 23 Nov 2022

    Satisfied with snails

  • 5
    Another Good Buy
    Posted by Cayla on 18 Jul 2022

    All of the snails arrived alive and in good condition! It’s been about 5 days since I got them, maybe more, and they are still all alive and active. Would definitely buy again!

  • 4
    5 Snails
    Posted by Christopher Shay on 10 Jun 2022

    One of the 5 snails was dead on delivery.

  • 5
    Nerite snails
    Posted by Carolyn Warnock on 30 May 2022

    I am very happy with my snails. They arrived in perfect condition. Healthy and started eating algae right away.

  • 5
    Posted by Suzanne Bancroft on 2 May 2022

    They arrived quickly and adapted to their new home right away They are very busy taking care of my tanks

  • 5
    Small but pack a punch.
    Posted by Richard Connally on 24 Apr 2022

    These little guys have been nonstop since introduction into my planted aquarium. Really enjoy watching them work and a great price. Modern Aquarium Rocks!

  • 5
    Nerite snails
    Posted by Mary E Ferrara on 16 Mar 2022

    I’ve never seen snails move so fast, got ahead and stayed ahead of my algae problem within two days! Great team players!

  • 5
    Nerite Snails
    Posted by Pat James on 9 Mar 2022

    Snails came in as promised, are doing a great job of taking care of the algae on the Texas Holy rocks in my 200-gallon tank.

  • 5
    Posted by Sharon V on 17 Feb 2022

    Shipped well and snails are thriving!

  • 5
    Tiger eye merited snails
    Posted by John on 17 Feb 2022

    Cool looking, doing a great job,moving around constantly

  • 5
    Wonderful Nerites
    Posted by John Huckno on 13 Feb 2022

    I received these little snails a couple weeks ago and they’ve already gotten bigger and have done a great job at keeping my tank clean. Highly recommend!