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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V6 #63

Gary Lange asked:

> Someone has suggested to me that the "Marble Snail", Neritina reclivata
> a pretty nice job on hair algae.  Has anyone on this list tried these
> before?  They were seen chomping on hair algae in a bare bottom tank but I
> was wondering if anyone had tried them in the planted aquarium.  They
> seem to be chewing on the plants.  Do they reproduce like mad or is this a
> slowly reproducing snail?

I'm not sure about this species, but I have 4 Neritina natalensis in my 77
planted tank. They've never harmed a plant, but I've never seen them touch
the BBA either. As for reproduction, I bought 4 about 6 months ago. All 4
are still there, and that's it. I believe they need brackish water to breed,
but I'm not sure. If anyone has info regarding breeding, I'd love to hear
how to do it.

Aquarium Club of Thunder Bay meets on the first Wednesday of every month.
8:00 pm Confederation College room C216