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DON KING SNAIL (Nerita .sp)

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What can be more intriguing than a handsome snail crawling around your tank with a bush of algae growing out of their shell? From most sources this snail is a Nerite snail with marimo or cladophora growing on its shell. The Don King Snail is really no different than other Nerite snails in is care. They need a tank that is on the larger side so it’s stable (twenty plus gallons) and free of nitrites and ammonia. They will also need to have a good source of food which is generally found with tanks that have cycled longer.

Be aware that these snails may get a little adventurous and climb out of your tank. If they are out of water too long they will dry up and die. It is recommended to have close fitting lids and to check on them often so you don’t lose them to this cause. These snails enjoy a diet of biofilm, algae, fish waste, dead plant material and excess food