Watch those nerite snails

 

Olive nerite snail (Neritina reclivata) on tank glass. Photo by author.

For those of you looking to add a glass/decoration cleaner to your tank, consider the nerite snail. I’ve posted before about using nerite snails to clean up diatomaceous algae aka brown algae. They are great cleaners, inexpensive, available, and require little maintenance. 

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Reducing diatomaceous algae in cichlid tanks

Olive nerite snail on silicon. Photo by author.

Is your tank overrun with diatomaceous algae, more commonly called brown algae? Or does your tank simply contain more of it than you would like? There are numerous factors that can contribute to an overabundance of this brown film. Mostly associated with newly set-up tanks, even established tanks are not immune. I know, because some of my tanks have brown algae even though the they’ve been established and running for years.

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