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Mystery Snail


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  • Diet: Algae Wafers, Fresh Vegetables
  • Maximum size: 2"
  • Water temperature: 72-82° F
  • Swimming level: Bottom
  • Experience level: Beginner
  • Tank Setup: 1+ gallons
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Many fish keepers love mystery snails for their amazing variety of different colored shells and their strange, yet interesting antics. They are fascinating to watch as they come up for air and, best of all, they earn their keep by clearing up any rotting vegetation from your aquarium plants as well as algae from the glass.

Snails will adhere to the aquarium glass and crawl up the sides of the tank.

Multiplying snails
Snails readily reproduce in an aquarium environment.

Live aquatic plants arebeneficial for snails, which will graze on their leaves.

Snails can be kept in most tanks, but some gouramis, skunk loaches and other large fish may eat smaller snails.

Staple diet
Although snails will move along the surfaces of the aquarium scraping green algae with their mouths, they will also accept all kinds of commercial flake and pellet foods.

Frequent feedings
For optimum health, feed your aquatic invertebrates as much food as they will consume in 1-3 minutes, twice a day.

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Mystery Snail is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 227.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I got a "golden" mystery snail today (Apple Snail) and it's such an interesting little thing. Didn't know they had both gills and lungs, fun to watch.
Date published: 2014-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great to watch Mystery snails have been the most popular form of snails for US aquariums for decades and with good cause. 1st they are large enough to be able to watch them. Their shells and opening doors are not as fragile as some of the other species and therefore tend to withstand picking fish and moving of tank objects. They are the favorite foods of many fish species though so research compatibility carefully. Many bottom dwellers will turn them over and pick at them till they die. They do have a solid door to their shell opening which does give them some protection. They are adversly effected by many of the aquarium chemical remedies and water conditioners. Again read the labels of your chemicals carefully to be sure they aren't hazardous to your snails. Copper in the water leads to fast deaths. I'm not sure why but every Albino Mystery Snail I've ever had dies within a month or two. The black ones seem to be more hardy. Be sure any you buy are up on the tank sides or clearly moving around. Most dying snails begin by showing inactivity or shutting themselves tightly into their shell. They have an interesting way of getting food if they aren't getting enough off your tank sides or bottom. They will attach to the aquarium top just at the water line and make a funnel with their sucker and siphon any food floating on the water surface into their sucker and put it in their mouth. Sometimes you can even hear the sucking sound from the larger ones when they do this.
Date published: 2013-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great addition to tank I love these snails, I got one in every color. They grow very quickly, we started off with ones the size of my thumb nail, and within a few weeks they tripled in size. Pretty cool. They also clean the tank very well. Here's the catch: they WILL reproduce, even if you just have a single snail. This is not a big deal (as some other reviewers have complained), you simply must be smart enough to remove the eggs before they hatch, so just check your tank hood daily for a lump of eggs, and remove them by scraping them off. I freeze them before I dispose of them. So, other than that, awesome addition to any tank environment.
Date published: 2015-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mystery snails..... Very easy to take care of but unlike another review says they WILL reproduce and when they do they dont seem to want to stop. Laid one egg sac on the underside of the lid that hatched and two more are more recently there waiting.
Date published: 2013-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Active lil bugger My snail is all over the tank. She is constantly on the move and will somehow dangle off the thinnest leaf on my plants without falling...most of the time. She did accidently clock one of my dwarf frog when the tip of a leaf failed to hold her up. One interesting aspect to this snail is the fact that it will float. I came home from work one day and was sure she was dead as I watched her bob along the top of the water. Thank goodness for google! I was able to look the behavior up and find out that from time to time, the snail can take air into it's shell and will just casually bob about until they are ready to hit the trail again. Kinda made me jealous after my 12 hour shift :p. I love my (not so little) snail and aside from the frog picking at her shell from time to time, everyone gets along with her. She shares her tank with 3 ghost shrimp, a bristlenose pleco, 2 african dwarf frogs, and a halfmoon betta.
Date published: 2013-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great big momma snail I have always had many apple or mystery snails in my tanks. But this one seemed special some how. Maybe it was the way she floated and played in the bubble or how big she got in my 5 gal. tank. For me it was the surprise she gave us one morning, a clutch of pink eggs. Yeah we are going to have more. They are just like chips, you have one of these little clowns you have to have more.
Date published: 2012-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely Addition to Any Tank These snails are wonderful. I love to see them crawling up and down the glass. They help keep my tank clean. They are active and wonderful to add to your Tropical Community.
Date published: 2015-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I honestly have nothing bad to say about these snails. They move quickly, are active, are interactive and have no problem with other snails, Bettas, or African Dwarf Frogs. 5 stars.
Date published: 2013-11-28
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Do the get big

Asked by: Fatleg34
Mystery snails usually get between 1-2.5 inches long. They do best in tanks 2.5 gallons or bigger. If they get any larger than 3 inches, those are probably apple snails (they're usually the white snails), which are illegal to sell or own in the US.
Answered by: snailerini
Date published: 2018-02-10

can you put the snails in a small pond (400 lbs water) outside?

Asked by: monalesamona
Depends on where you live. Mystery snails do best in temperatures ranging from 69-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
Answered by: snailerini
Date published: 2018-02-08

Will/do these snails get along with female or male betta fish?

Asked by: zparkerw
Sometimes they do, but it's a good idea to get a betta smaller than your snail. Sometimes the betta will be intimidated by the snail and won't bother it. A female may be a safer bet than a male (I tried my mystery snail with a male and it failed horribly, poor baby lost his antennae!) Just check every day to see if you snail is active and has full grown antennae. If these things aren't present, your snail should probably live by his/herself.
Answered by: snailerini
Date published: 2018-02-12

This is a dumb question cause this is a snail but do these snails fight with other fishes?

Asked by: FishLover98
No, mystery snails are *very* docile and will not fight with other fish. The issue is, other fish may eat the antennae off the snail (I had this happen to one of mine thanks to my betta). When the antennae are missing, the snail can't see, and will have a harder time eating, and will hide more than usual or move more slowly. If you notice this happen, and that your snail's antennae are getting shorter, (carefully) remove the snail from the tank and put them in a clean, 2.5 gallon tank to recover in. It should only take a few days, probably less than a week. Don't be surprised if your snail doesn't move very often while it heals, just check every morning to see if the snail has moved from one spot to another, and your little friend is fine. You can try to introduce the snail back into the old tank, but I wouldn't suggest it. Mystery snails don't do well when moved around a lot. Hope this helps!
Answered by: snailerini
Date published: 2018-02-08

what live plants can you use with a mystery snail cuz i see alot of them if not all say snail free

Asked by: bunny79
I think you may be getting confused. When it says snail free it means it doesn't have any snail eggs on it. when they have snail eggs its a type of snail egg (not mystery snail) that could have laid its eggs on the plant.If there were eggs on the plant it could cause an infestation of snails when they hatch. In conclusion all plants are safe for your mystery snail!
Answered by: Kadin
Date published: 2018-01-31

What is the life expectancy of these snails?

Asked by: jjhicks519
Most freshwater snails live for about 1 to 2 years.and some live for a few months.
Answered by: Rince3
Date published: 2018-01-31

Can snails live in the same tank as turtles

Asked by: Thetank123

Do you have any blue mystery snails in stock

Asked by: Blue snail
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