Black Military Helmet Snails
Scientific Name: Neritina Pulligera
Wild Origin: Indo-Pacific region
Adult Size: 1in
Neritina Pulligera, simply referred to as the Black Military Helmet Snail, is a species of freshwater snail that is popular for the planted aquarium. It features a shiny dark brown to black color that resembles a soldier's helmet. This species can be found in fast-flowing freshwater streams or rivers with rocky substrates and as far as brackish waters due to a close proximity to the ocean.
The Black Military Helmet Snail is a peaceful species that will happily munch on algae or scavenge left over bits found in the aquarium. This freshwater snail is difficult to breed and is safe to add to the aquarium without concern of excessive reproduction.
When choosing tank mates for your Nerites, avoid species that eat snails. These include Loaches, Crayfish, Large Cichlids, Goldfish, and other larger species. We prefer keeping our Nerites in most of our Buce tanks along with Amano Shrimp, Neocardina Shrimp, Caridina Shrimp, Oticinclus, Siamese Algae Eaters, Tetras, Cories, Bettas and other peaceful fish.
Key Features & Important Notes
- Tank-raised specimen.
- To increase survival rates, please allow 2-3 business days after placing an order to properly prepare live animal shipments.
Listed information should be treated as general guidelines only. We encourage you to do thorough research before committing to keeping any livestock.
- Temperature Range: 72-82°F
- pH: 7-8.2
- GH: 5-8
- KH: 5-15
- Hardness: 12-25
- Brackish Tolerance: 1.000-1.005
3-5 gallons. We don't recommend smaller tanks as snails produce a large amount of waste that will add to the tank's bio-load.
Algae, biofilm, diatoms, decaying plant matter, spirulina powder, algae wafers, blanched vegetables.
Breeding Nerite snails successfully requires brackish water. In the home aquarium, Nerite Snails lay white eggs on tank decorations and plants. However, these eggs won't mature in freshwater. The larvae of these snails require brackish environments with high salinity to undergo proper development. Rearing young snails would involve setting up a separate aquarium, given that adult snails are unable to endure the water conditions required to rear nerite larvae.