Can Betta Fish Live with Snails like Zebra Nerite and Mystery Snails?

You may have heard that Betta Fish in some cases can have tank mates. Is this true that different types of snails can make a good tank mate?

Can Betta fish can live with snails? Yes, but just make sure they are freshwater snails like Zebra Nerite and Mystery Snails. But there are a minority of cases where a Betta can harass a snail, so we explain what to look out for when adding snails to your tank.

Keep reading to learn how your Betta Fish and Snail can live as mates!

Will Betta’s and Snails Get Along?

Every case, fish, and snail is different but for the most part Betta’s and snails get along. Male Bettas are more territorial and may bump the shell of the snail once in awhile to show who is boss, but for the most part should leave the snails alone.

The male Betta’s are definitely tougher to pair with any other mate. They should tolerate the snails, but do like having their own “man town”. Ideally you have a larger tank with plenty of distractions to keep the male busy, otherwise a bored male may pick at the snail.

In fact they have been known to nip at antennae and eyes of snails.

Female Betta’s on the other hand tend to care even less about the snails, so your odds of success are much higher in this case.

If the Betta simply won’t leave the snails alone then its probably best to put the snails in their own tank or give to a friend that has a mellower Betta or other fish that won’t nip at them.

Do snail antennaes grow back?

If you Betta has nipped at a snail antennae it will grow back. Most likely the Betta is just bored and not used to having a tank mate.

Mystery Snails and Apple snails can even regenerate an eye back if picked off, so don’t freak out if you see this.

It may be touch to watch but if they get through the first few weeks together they

Betta Fish and Snail Care

We rank snails as one of the top tank mates for Betta’s as they enjoy the same water quality and temperature, and are naturally mellow and do not pose a treat. So once they get used to each other then caring for them should be easy.

Food Source

Snails, like Zebra Nerite and Mystery Snails are algae eaters, so this is a great tank mate to add to help keep your tank clean. But it also means your tank needs to produce enough algae to support the snail

Only add 1 snail per 5 gallons to make sure there is enough algae for them to eat. They can eat left over pellet and fish flakes at the bottom of the tank, they aren’t picky eaters – just make sure they are eating.


Snails are fine at 75-80 degrees. Since your betta likes it at 78-82 so they should be totally comfortable in the same tank


Some snails are native to fresh water, where Zebra Nerite actually breed in brackish water (part salt / part fresh).

Its nearly impossible to breed Zebra Nerite in pure fresh water, so if you are worried about snails taking over your Betta tank – don’t worry.

This is why we recommend this type of snail for your tank. That and they look really cool.

Where to Buy Zebra Nerite Snails

Of course try your local pet store or fish store first.

If not – you guessed it – you can buy them online – even Amazon, Ebay and other online retailers.

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