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Sun Thorn Nerite Snail


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Sun Thorn Nerite Snail 

These assorted tiny snails are known by many names such as Thorn / Horned / Spiky Nerite because of the cool-looking spiked on their shelf. Each snail has its unique shelf pattern and color. We will randomly pick the good one for you.

Neritina species are also known as Nerita / Nerite Snail. They do well in freshwater and brackish water. They are suitable for planted aquariums because they are small and can take care of the algae problem. They can eat many types of food and algae including Phytoplankton, Diatoms Algae, Film/Slime Algae, Black Beard Algae, and Green/Brown Spot Algae which are very tough on glass and hard to remove by hand.

Neritina Snails eat invertebrate pellets, flake foods, algae, waste, and cooked vegetables such as carrot, zucchini, kale, spinach, or cucumber.

The key benefit of Neritina Snails

  • Very small, tiny snails but work very hard to clean up your aquarium.
  • Do not reproduce and breed in a freshwater environment. 
  • Unique and beautiful snail in the planted aquarium market.
  • Friendly snails, safe for plants, fish, snails, and other aquarium inhabitants.
  • Control the algae, fish food waste, and any decompose materials such as the dead body of the fish, snail, or dead plants. 
  • Balanced your aquarium water and create a great ecosystem environment.
  • Easy to control. They breed eggs but don't usually hatch in freshwater and doesn't consider an invasive species in the controlled aquarium. 

Recommended Water Parameters:

  • Temperature: 65° - 86° F (18° - 30° C)
  • pH: 6.0 - 8.0
  • KH: 5 - 12 dKH
  • Minimum tank size: 5 gallons


Copper is toxic to invertebrates such as aquatic snails, crabs, shrimps, etc. Many commercial fish foods, medications, and plant fertilizers contain copper sulfate. Please avoid any aquarium product contains copper of any form or they may cause harm or even death to your invertebrates.

Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
Cameron Gage
Alive and Pretty

Snails arrived quickly and alive. The snails looked very good and there was a good variation in design. Only concern, a few of the snails did look like they had calcium deficiency spots on their shells (thin, flat, flaky, white, etc).

So cute!

I ordered these to go with a Betta that I have in a 5 gallon tank. They are the perfect companions for a Betta since they don't have eyes that poke out and the Betta mostly ignores them. I ordered 3 and received 4, all in healthy condition. They move faster around the glass than I expected, but kind of like creepy ghosts. As in, you never see them move, but every time I check the tank they are in a different spot.

Justin M.

Bought one Sunthorn Nerite but two came in the bag. One was noticeably more active from the start, but both seem adjusted and happy now! They were well packaged and came quickly, and are already starting work on keeping the glass clean. Great buy!

Very pleased!

All snails arrived alive and are now looking healthy and active in my tank! (This little guy lost a tiny piece of outer-most shell somewhere along the way here, but it didn't seem to hurt him, and just makes him even more adorable somehow.)

Casey Jones
Cool little snail..

Decided to grab one of these since APF suggested i get a snail along with shrimp and fish which I'm glad i did. I dropped this little guy in the tank and he almost immediately headed straight for the front glass of the aquarium. It's kinda fun watching it eat non stop, its little mouth just keeps going and going.. nom...nom....nom...nom..nom...nom..... I can see the trail of extremely clean glass its leaving in its trail!! Algae on glass doesn't stand a change against this little snail.

Genevieve Castillo
Received extra snails!

Great size and appetite, I love seeing them eat away at the algae on my glass and maneuver themselves onto my plants. They are truly swift and healthy, but definitely add some calcium to your tank to maintain strong horns.