Freshwater Nerite - Red Racer
Nerite Snails are widely believed to be the single best snail in the aquarium hobby for eating algae. They are totally safe with any fish, shrimp, or plants, and are completely peaceful. Nerite Snails require salt water to reproduce, so they will never overpopulate your aquarium (as some freshwater snails are known to do).
The Red Racer Nerite Snail (Vittina waigiensis) is a rare and beautiful freshwater nerite species that is native to the Philippines. It is among the rarest snail species in the aquarium world, so it is very seldom available. The Red Racer Nerite Snail has a highly variable shell appearance, but its many possible patterns are all among the most attractive of any ornamental freshwater or marine snail. It's shell patterns are extremely variable so not all patterns are photographed as it would be nearly impossible to do so. Please note that the coloration of the snails looks vastly different out of water when they arrive to you compared to how they will look once placed in the water under nice aquarium lighting. The lights really bring out more colors for the snails when they are underwater. These snails can live for upwards of 4 years, so they are relatively long-lived among its relatives. It requires brackish or marine water for its fry to survive, so it will not proliferate in a freshwater aquarium and it is not known to have been bred commercially.
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
Temperature: 71.6° - 87.8° F (22° - 28° C)
pH: 6.5 – 8.0, although its lifespan will generally be longer in alkaline pH.
KH: 2 - 12 dKH
Minimum Tank Size: 3 gallons
Diet: Scavenger that feeds continually. Requires very little feeding in a well-established aquarium containing algae, biofilm, or decaying plant matter. In less mature aquariums, high quality dry foods with high plant content can be sparingly fed daily. Nerite snails are often more finicky with dry foods.
Social Behavior: Peaceful
Average Adult Size: 1.2 inches (3 cm)
Average Purchase Size: .3 - 1 inches (1.3 – 2.5 cm)