Lightning Bolt Nerite Snail (Neritodryas dubia)
Lightning Bolt Nerite Snail (Neritodryas dubia)
Lightning Bolt Nerite Snail (Neritodryas dubia)
Lightning Bolt Nerite Snail (Neritodryas dubia)
Lightning Bolt Nerite Snail (Neritodryas dubia)
Lightning Bolt Nerite Snail (Neritodryas dubia)
Lightning Bolt Nerite Snail (Neritodryas dubia)

Lightning Bolt Nerite Snail (Neritodryas dubia)

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The Lightning Bolt Nerite Snail displays a beautiful, psychedelic gold and black shell pattern that is unrivaled, and this species is an exceptional algae eater that makes a wonderful addition to the planted or nano aquarium!

The Lightning Bolt Nerite Snail (Neritina sp.) is a very rare nerite species that is native to the Philippines and is known for its highly variable zigzag pattern of gold and black coloration. It can live for upwards of 4 years, so it is relatively long-lived among its relatives. Though it inhabits freshwater habitats as an adult, its fry require brackish or marine water to survive, so it will not proliferate in a freshwater aquarium and it is not known to have been bred commercially or otherwise.

Most of the nerite snails we offer have very similar care requirements and characteristics, and the Lightning Bolt Nerite Snail is no exception.  It inhabits fresh and brackish water areas and cannot reproduce in freshwater. This snail is a very effective algae eater and will thrive in a mature aquarium that has plenty of algae and biofilm growth. Some nerite snails are initially finicky about eating dry foods, but most will come to accept them, especially with foods that are high in spirulina or other plant content. Fresh vegetables are typically accepted as well. Nerite snails are hardy in a mature, stable, well-maintained aquarium, but they are not as hardy as some other snail species in subpar setups. It is important to remember that scavengers such as snails do not consume as much oxygen as most fish, but they still contribute to the bioload of the aquarium and they should not be overstocked long-term.  

It should also be noted that, while this snail can live in a wide variety of pH levels, it will live for much longer in alkaline water of over 7.0 pH. If it is kept in acidic water, it is more prone to experience shell erosion. Calcium supplementation (especially when using R/O water) is highly recommended for maintaining the quality of this snail’s magnificent shell.

What We Like About This Snail:

  • Completely peaceful
  • Striking black and gold-patterned shell that has unrivaled pattern variability
  • Safe with all plants
  • Excellent scavenger and algae eater
  • Does not reproduce in freshwater

RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:

  • Temperature: 71.6° - 87.8° F (22° - 28° C)
  • pH: 6.5 – 8.0, although its lifespan will generally be longer in alkaline pH.
  • KH: 2 - 12 dKH
  • Minimum Tank Size: 5 gallons

CARE INFORMATION:

  • Diet: Scavenger that feeds continually.  Requires very little feeding in a well-established aquarium containing algae, biofilm, or decaying plant matter.  In less mature aquariums, high quality dry foods with high plant content can be sparingly fed daily. Nerite snails are often more finicky with dry foods.
  • Social Behavior: Peaceful
  • Origin: Philippines
  • Average Adult Size: 1.2 inches (3 cm)
  • Average Purchase Size: .5 - 1 inches (1.3 – 2.5 cm)
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    This colorful tetra is a true aquarium hobby classic!

    These little tetras are one of the more beautifully colored fish available in the freshwater aquarium hobby!  They have a silver body and feature a shimmering red/pink stripe throughout the middle of their body.  Their eye-catching coloration has made them one of the most popular fish for freshwater aquariums today.  They are great for beginners and experts alike, and they thrive in any well-established aquarium that meets their recommended water parameters.  These fish stay small, growing no larger than one to two inches, which makes them an excellent choice for small-sized tanks!

    Glowlight Tetras are very peaceful and make great additions to community aquariums.  However, they should only be kept in tanks with other non-aggressive fish that are similar in size.  They are a schooling fish, and their schools create a magnificent display of colors in motion that has to be seen to be believed!  These fish do best in densely planted aquariums with plenty of hiding places.  This can be achieved with rocks and caves, driftwood, and live plants (good ones include mosses or tall plants that will reach the middle level of the aquarium, such as green cabomba, moneywort, java ferns, etc.).  Since they are a schooling fish, they can really only thrive in groups, which is why we sell them in groups of 6 and 12.

    Glowlight Tetras spend most of their time within the middle and top levels of the aquarium.  These fish are not recommended for new tanks, as they may have problems in tanks that are not well-cycled.  It is important to acclimate Glowlight Tetras to a new tank slowly, because they can be sensitive to changes in water parameters.  They are known to be difficult to breed in captivity; the water conditions must be perfect for them to spawn.  Interestingly, the bright colors on these fish tend to become dimmer at night.  This is normal and does not indicate sickness or weakness in the tetras.

    What We Like About This Fish:

    Iridescent red stripe that add bright bursts of color to any aquarium set-up

    Its small size makes it an ideal candidate for the nano aquarium

    Safe with plants

    Completely peaceful

    Very hardy and adaptable

    All Aquatic Arts brand plants and animals come with a 100% live arrival guarantee, plus free email support!

    RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
    Temperature: 75° - 82° F (24° - 28° C)
    pH: 5.5 - 7.5, but highly adaptable to many conditions
    KH: 4 - 10 dKH
    Minimum tank size: 10 gallons


    CARE GUIDELINES:
    Diet: Omnivorous. Will readily accept most fish flakes and pellets, as well as most small foods, including brine shrimp, daphnia, freeze-dried bloodworms, and tubifex.
    Social behavior: Peaceful, schooling/shoaling.
    Origin: Tank-bred, but indigenous to Rio Essequibo, Guyana
    Average adult size: 1.5 - 2 inches (3.8 - 5 cm)
    Average purchase size: 1/4 - 1 inch (0.6 - 2.5 cm)

    For the safety of our animals, we only ship live fish, crabs, and select other inverts exclusively via UPS 1 Day Air.  If your order contains this item, you will only see UPS 1 Day Air as a shipping option during checkout. If other items are in your cart that can ship with  2 day or standard shipping options the only shipping method you can still select is UPS 1 Day Air. 

    UPS 1 Day is a description of the duration of time a shipment will spend in transit once it has been shipped. This does not guarantee the package will be shipped the same or next day from which the order was placed.

    Shipping Schedule for this service

    UPS 1 Day: Monday through Thursday
     

    Current Handling Time:

    1-9 business days

    Here at Aquatic Arts, we consider the welfare of the live animals we are shipping to be of the foremost importance. This process is much more involved than simply creating a shipping label and affixing it to a box. Depending on the order, it takes from 4 to 7 people to complete this process properly. We check the weather conditions here where they fly out of the Indianapolis UPS facility and the destination for each shipment. We start early each morning and go through a multi-step process to have the day's shipments prepared in time for the UPS pickup. The volume of orders in our system also affects the processing time. Therefore our stated handling time is 1-9 business days. 

    Shipping Rate

    Pricing is by size of package needed to fill entire order and distance it must travel. It will be calculated at checkout.

     

     

    Q: What are the ideal tank mates for Glowlight Tetras?
    A: Glowlight Tetras do best with other small, peaceful fish. Ideal tank mates include Neon Tetras, Harlequin Rasboras, Corydoras Catfish, and small livebearers like Guppies or Mollies.

    Q: How often should I feed Glowlight Tetras?
    A: Glowlight Tetras should be fed 1-2 times a day. Provide only as much food as they can consume in 2-3 minutes to avoid overfeeding and water quality issues.

    Q: What should I do if my Glowlight Tetras are not schooling?
    A: Ensure you have at least 6-12 Glowlight Tetras, as they are schooling fish and feel more secure in larger groups. Also, check if there are any stressors in the tank such as aggressive tank mates or poor water quality.

    Q: Can Glowlight Tetras live with shrimps and snails?
    A: Yes, Glowlight Tetras are generally safe with non-aggressive invertebrates like shrimps and snails. They add a nice dynamic to the aquarium and help with cleaning.

    Q: How can I tell the difference between male and female Glowlight Tetras?
    A: Males are usually slimmer and may have more intense coloring, especially during breeding times. Females tend to be rounder and slightly larger, particularly when carrying eggs.

    Q: What signs of illness should I watch for in Glowlight Tetras?
    A: Watch for changes in color, fin rot, spots, or unusual swimming behavior. Common illnesses include ich, fin rot, and swim bladder issues. Quarantine affected fish and treat the tank if necessary.

    Q: What lighting conditions do Glowlight Tetras prefer?
    A: Glowlight Tetras thrive in subdued lighting conditions, which mimic their natural habitat. Moderate lighting with plenty of plants for shade creates an ideal environment for them.

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