Graffiti-ing Nerite?

joeinlondon

Member
Joined
19 Sep 2008
Messages
31
Has anyone had any experience of a zebra nerite (or similar species) leaving little white blobs all over the place? In the previous incarnation of my tank I picked one up and within a few days these blobs appeared, and stopped appearing when the snail was removed.

I don't have any pictures I'm afraid but the blobs were about 2-3mm across, rounded, oval, and a sort of transluscent to opaque white. They are very difficult to remove - in fact the tank in question, half a year on and with a complete strip-down in between, still has a few on the back glass that I didn't get off completely.

I'd like to add a nerite to a different tank but am worried about similar vandalism. Were these blobs its faeces? Its eggs (unlikely in a soft-water tank I would have thought)?

Thanks

Joe
 

joeinlondon

Member
Joined
19 Sep 2008
Messages
31
So if it lays eggs in your tank you're Kilroy Silked - 'cos they won't hatch and just calcify into eyesores perhaps...
 

joeinlondon

Member
Joined
19 Sep 2008
Messages
31
Yeah that's them! Thanks Andy.

And to nerites eveyrwhere, I apologise for my terrible slander.

But these limpets - are they immobile? Do I just leave them to it (if they re-appear) or try to remove them?

I don't mind them being in there as long as they are harmless, and won't be a permanent stationary feature!
 

GreenNeedle

Member
Joined
19 Jul 2007
Messages
2,720
Location
Lincoln UK
Just for your interest get a dry wipe or permanent marker and put a dot where the 'limpet' is. come back in an hour and you will see the 'limpets' have moved. they are actually snails.

Nothing to worry about. Apparently they are a snail that only lives in very good freshwater conditions. Mine were there for about a month and then just disappeared!!! I assume my water didn't take a sudden nosedive in quality so they must just appear and then disappear for the same strange reason.

No idea where they came from. Maybe a plant, maybe the tap. Who knows?

I would just leave them there and curse them for ruining your photographs and they should disappear by themselves.

AC
 
Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
macleod92 Nerite Snails at top of tank/ keep dying Inverts 8
Andrew Butler Black nerite snails breeding? Inverts 6
K Free nerite snail. Inverts 1
Top