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 and does a snail make a good tank mate?

Answer: Yes – freshwater snails like Zebra Nerite make excellent tank mates for Betta Fish, in fact we rank it as one of the top! They enjoy the same water quality and temperature as a Betta Fish, and are naturally mellow and do not pose a treat.

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

Betta Fish and Snail Care

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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