Horned Nerite Snails are a tropical freshwater species of aquarium snail. They are easily identified by the multiple dark horns that protrude from their shell. The shell is yellow in color with thick black swirls along the edge. They are popular algae eaters and debris removers. Most notably they will keep your glass crystal clear. They are available to purchase at most LFS or from other hobbyists. Horned Nerite Snails are popular and pricier than other snails because they are impossible to breed in freshwater. Nerite snails can grow up to 1" but adults are more commonly found between 1/2 and 3/4" in size. Horned Nerite Snails can also be used in outdoor ponds for similar purpose.
Horned Nerite Snails are avid consumers of aquarium algae and are useful in keeping the nitrates under control in an aquarium. They will keep the glass and substrate relatively clean, aiding the water changing and substrate vacuuming process. Horned Nerite Snails are peaceful creatures. They can be kept with other non aggressive fish, snail and shrimp species without problem.
Horned Nerite Snails are known as a species of 'tidal snail'. The name comes from the ability of the snail to live out of the water for prolonged periods of time. Unfortunately it is not uncommon for Horned Nerite Snails to escape. They are fairly easy to find and can be picked up and placed back into the aquarium. It is encouraged to keep a daily eye on Horned Nerite Snails