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nerite, to name one. they are giant snails and from what i understand are good algae eaters and dont multiple like trumpet snails. there are also a few others.

you can see the types of snails people sell for tanks at aquabid
 

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Nerite snails are great algae eaters and they do not destroy plants. They lay eggs, but the eggs don't hatch unless they are in salt water. They are not giant snails. They are about the size of a penny.
 

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they have been doing a great job in my diatom infested tank.
 

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748johnd said:
Nerite snails are great algae eaters and they do not destroy plants. They lay eggs, but the eggs don't hatch unless they are in salt water. They are not giant snails. They are about the size of a penny.
*** never owned one, but the pictures make them look so big!
 

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I have zebra nerites that are about 1/2" -3/4". If i am not mistaken, olive nerite snails get a little bigger.
 

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My nerites are the olive ones which I have had for over a year and they are about the size of a penny. Maybe they are dwarfs. I have had Japanese trap door snails in the past and they get quite large--about the size of a half dollar. Japanese trap door snails have live young, but not many and they do a pretty good job of eating algae. Those two snails are my favorites.
 

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I got my nerite snails online along with some fish. It wasn't cheap, but it was either pay the price or do without. I got my Japanese trap door snails locally from a nursery that has a pond and pond supplies. If you try the Trading Post you may find someone who has nerite snails for sale.
 

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Olive nerites are smaller (dime sized) and zebra nerites are a little larger. But neither are giant snails.
 

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Brandon:

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or ways a place online to buy them good and cheap?
Please use the trading post, or request a pm with info, thanks.
 

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Cichlid-forum provided the Reviews and Trading Post sections to avoid the mention of specific retailer names in the forums and keep discussions aquatic instead of commercial.
 
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