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  1. MTS are not hemaphroditic, but females are capable of asexual reproduction, so if your lone snail is female theres a good chance it will multiply on its own. Im not sure if theres a good way to tell genders apart.

    Personally these guys did overrun some tanks of mine and I also found they ate some tender plants like watersprite. However those tanks were tropical and so the warmer temp wouldve greatly increased their metabolism (as it does with inverts) and reproductive rates. By most accounts here if theyre in a GF tank then theyre pretty amiable tankmates.

  2. I have kept both and my opinion is that cherries are generally more community friendly - amano shrimp are pretty greedy and will grab and claim food competitively while cherries are much more laid back. Cherries are also more high impact visually and will reproduce (amanos will not).

    Amano shrimp are famous for being used in planted tanks but they wont really remove algae (no shrimp really will) they just slow it/reduce new algae forming by their constant grazing action.

    The best thing about Amanos is theyre almost indestructable in my experience where as Cherries can be more sensitive to nitrate buildups etc.

  3. I have had it in some tanks no problem and others it shed and eventually died. To me it seemed like it prefers stiller waters, it never did well in tanks with big filtration and watercurrent, since you must be running decent strength filters for the GF maybe thats a reason?

  4. I kept nerites with bettas no problem, as FTF said they hardly have any body exposed from the shell (not like an apple snail does) so they are well protected from small fish like bettas.

    They are tidal snails (can briefly leave water) so there is a chance theyd escape, some sort of cover/hood is best just to be sure.

    They seemed to me to focus more on grazing the glass and decor than the substrate but that isnt to say theyre incapable of doing that.

    Mine all lived for around 2-3 years after purchase.

    Ps. I think in smaller tanks its best to look at getting the Horned Nerite variety as the others get large and may quickly outgraze the tank, though its always required to supliment their diet as FTF also mentioned.

  5. They also grow (and so shed) more the higher the temp gets.

    You can usually tell if its a molt because it will be split widthways right behind the ''head'' section where the shrimp pushes itself out of the old skin, which saves some panic ^-^ (especially since they tend to hide right after shedding until their new shell hardens, making it seem even more like they might have died).

    Remember its good to leave the shed skin in the tank because the shrimps will eat it to get calcium and minerals back.

  6. If youre patient enough you can just qt them with daily wcs & rinses for a few weeks like you would snails or shrimp, as the danger is just from transporting disease on them/in their water, you could salt at a mild level for the first few days with most plants too.

    Other methods are quicker but delicate plants might be better just isolated in a tub with lighting.

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