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One of the largest plant-safe freshwater snails, Mystery Snails are a popular and attractive addition to any aquarium.
Can grow to over 2 inches - one of the largest freshwater snails in the aquarium hobby.
Feeds on leftover food or almost any kind of fish food. Effective at algae control, and they also eat uneaten fish food.
Mystery Snails move around much faster and are more active than other snails!
This large and colorful snail is great for adding some color and decoration to your aquarium, but it also serves some very useful purposes. It cleans algae off of glass, plants, and decorations, it eats hair algae, and is helps keep your substrate clean and the correct color.
Mystery snails are totally safe with fish, shrimp, or plants, and are completely peaceful. They are quite large as adults, growing 2"+ in size. Black Mystery Snails range from a black to dark purple in color, sometimes featuring tan or gray stripes. Black snails are much more common, but there is a fair chance you will receive a purple one.
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 USA. 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 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit - Water type: Hard - Recommended Aquatic Arts tank mates: Other types snails (Nerite snails, Mystery Snails, etc.), dwarf shrimp (such as Blue Velvet shrimp, Sakura Fire 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.
.5- 2+ inches
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This little guy has gorgeous coloring! He was a little smaller than I thought he would be but that changed pretty quickly! Haha I can honestly say that I can not wait to order from Aquatic Arts again! Their packaging was so good that I almost couldn't get my new buddy out! Hehe. His shell had a couple little dings but I have had a few snails before and know how klutzy they are so it's to be expected haha.
My poor snail had several cracks in his shell, but he seems to be hanging in there so I don't think they are life threatening. I'm not as impressed as I have been with other purchases from Aquatic Arts.
I love the mystery snails. Mine arrived alive and healthy, the black/purple looks just like the picture, and have doubled their size in only around a month. They move much faster than I expected which is great because it makes them more entertaining. They also tend to climb things, like the driftwood or sides of the tank, and then let go and glide down to the bottom of the tank!
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