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Old 03-12-2013, 09:57 PM   #1
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Nerite snails trying to escape

I have had one nerite with my (pretty laid back) betta for a couple months and this has never happened before.

Two days ago I added two similarly sized nerites to the 5 gallon tank. A few hours later it had crawled about an inch out of the water and was sitting on the rim when I found him. I gently pulled him off and put him in the tank.
This morning I found the other one on the rim.

Has anyone else had this problem? Thanks!

Oh and water parameters are in check, and there is plenty of food
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:35 AM   #2
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My 1st thought was water quality but since that's not an issue I'm not sure...I keep nerites & have not had any do this...could your Betts be bothering them is another question...
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:58 AM   #3
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Mine do this sometimes they like to eat the film above the water, i also get algae near my lid so they climb onto that as well. I just leave them and they make their own way down
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My nerites climb out all the time. Found 3 of them on top of my light fixture yesterday. They always hang out above the water line. I just keep my eye on them.
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I have glass lids so mine never actually make it out but they always explore above the waterline. Sometimes during WCs they'll cruise around the top half of the empty tank
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Check that they are getting enough to eat...they could be in search of food.
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:57 PM   #7
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This is a perfectly natural behavior I would not worry about it at all. Now if your snails weren't active at all then that would be cause for concern.
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