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Nerite snail eating wood

Discussion in 'Tropical Discussion' started by Fishmanic, Jul 3, 2019.

  1. Fishmanic

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    My Nerite snail in my 10 gallon Betta aquarium feeds off the algae on a thin piece of driftwood and on the glass. But he also seems to eat some of the wood too as seen by a big gouge in the wood. Is this normal for a Nerite snail? Is there much calcium in wood. I do not add any calcium to the tank. Hardness is around 175ppm. Nerite looks very healthy with a nicely colored striped shell.
     
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    That's within the range of normal snail behavior. Most likely there is something tasty growing on/in the wood, like little bits of algae (which can be hard to see to the naked eye).
     
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    There is no calcium in wood.
     
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    My Nerite snails does eat calcium build up on my filter, but he has never ate any of my driftwood. That seems unusual to me. :)
     
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    Well he’s healthy at least. I see him in all areas of the tank over a few days time. And I think he’s full grown at about the diameter of a penny.
     
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    Mine is to!! But mine is really slowing down, I think he is getting old.... :(
     

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