These large and striking snails serve some very useful purposes. They clean algae off of glass, plants, and decorations, they eat hair algae, and they keep your substrate clean and the correct color. They are totally safe with any fish, shrimp, or plants, and are completely peaceful.
Mystery Snails are quite large as adults and can grow up to 2 inches or larger in diameter, making them one of the largest freshwater snails in the aquarium hobby. Black Mystery Snails range from black to dark purple in color. Some are black with tan striping, while others are dark purple with gray striping. Occasionally, one that is black with purple stripes is produced, which is our favorite color variant of these snails. Black snails are much more common, but there is a fair chance you will receive a purple one.
Mystery Snails typically feed on leftover food or almost any kind of fish food. They are also very effective algae-eaters. They move around much faster and are more active than most other types of snails.
NOTE: If you search on the Internet for Mystery Snails, many results will state that these are the same species as Apple Snails. These are NOT Apple Snails, though they do resemble them in shape. Apple Snails are considered an invasive species and are illegal to own in the United States. Our Mystery Snails do not grow to the tremendous size that Apple Snails do (often as big as an apple).
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- pH level range: 7.6 to 8.4
- Temperature range: 68° - 84° F (20° - 29° C)
- Water type: Hard
- Recommended Aquatic Arts tank mates: Other types of snails (Nerite snails, other Mystery Snails, Sulawesi Snails, etc.), dwarf shrimp (such as Blue Velvet Shrimp, Sakura Red Cherry Shrimp, Neon Yellow Shrimp, etc.). They can also be kept with small to medium-sized, non-aggressive fish.
- Additional notes: With Mystery Snails, it's a good idea to make sure the water line in your aquarium isn't too high, as these snails tend to climb up to the water line to breathe air. Other than algae and biofilm, they also eat fish or invertebrate pellets and blanched vegetables such as zucchini, kale, spinach, or cucumber. Snails are very sensitive to copper, so watch out for copper if you use tap water in your tank.
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