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Thanks guys... well, an update:

1.  No copper in my tank.  Zilch.
2.  All 4 nerites are now dead with bodies accounted for and removed.
3.  It appears there may be one lucky amano still alive somewhere as I found a small molt in the tank this morning.

So, based on the thread so far, should I be thinking of a bacterial issue?  After being part of this community for some months now, I've noticed there is aversion to 'nuking' with antibiotics.  I do have a package of Maracyn Two that I never had to use in the past (tetra got sick but died before the medication arrived).  Any advice?  Again, thank you to you all.

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Shot in the dark please forgive if im wrong. In my 10 gallon guppy maternity / fry tank. I have one nerite. 2 mystery snails (who are not good at algae) spoiled on green beans. Nerite was added because over feeding fry I consistently have diatom and tons of other algae coating every surface i try which im fine with the fry love it.  I added nemo (juvenile nerite) as a window washer 🙂 in 3 days all windows and 2 HEAVILY coated large algae rocks were squeaky clean. I struggle to keep him fed but spread repashy super green on the rocks 3 x a week and rotate algae rocks from my other tank. He will not go on plants…???  4 nerites plus shrimp….are you certain they are not starving?

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Thanks guys, @Guppysnail I had considered starvation but I don't THINK that was the issue.  I had a diatom issue as well, which is what prompted the addition of both the amano and the nerites.  The amano died off quickly (within a few days) and the nerites followed suit about a week later.  I noticed the nerites displayed behavior that my prior nerites way back when never displayed.  When introduced to the tank, they scouted out a spot and didn't really venture far from it.  Two of the nerites parked themselves on the front wall of the tank and I only ever saw them within about a 3-inch radius of their original spot.  One parked on the heating unit and stayed there.  My old nerites lived forever and they would go all over the place.  I also considered ammonia because of this behavior, but the fish in the tank are happy as can be and swimming all over the place.  Also, I would feed per my usual fashion... crab cuisine for the shrimp and algae crumbles for the snails (though in all my time in the hobby, I never really figured out how they would find the crumbles at their rate of movement).

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