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Gold Mystery Snail - (qty 4)

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Product Description

PH range 7.5-8
Hardness:5-15 Dkh
Temperature: 64-82F 
Life Span:   1.5-2 years   
Size:   2 inches
Diet: Omnivore
Habitat:  Aquatic/Tidal

Sometimes referred to as the Apple Snail (although these are generally species that are much larger) the Gold Mystery Snail is popular among hobbyists for a variety of reasons. They are enjoyed for their algae eating abilities and also for the ease in which they can be bred but still contained. They are colorful, can be quite hardy and are excellent for keeping debris down in an active tank. Steer clear of soft or acidic water as it will pit your snails’ shells and cause health problems. It’s also very important to make sure your water line isn’t too high as these snails will extend their siphons above the water to breathe air. The female Gold Mystery Snail will lay their eggs on the glass above the water line; another good reason to leave some wiggle room. You will want to keep a lid on the tanks you have your Gold Mystery snails in and watch for them to climb out. They can survive for quite some time out of water but will dry out and die if not placed back in the tank. One of the nice things about Gold Mystery Snails is they have a hearty appetite and will dine quite readily on biofilm or algae in the tank as well as algae wafers and shrimp pellets. They are also happy to eat blanched vegetables such as kale, spinach or zucchini along with cucumber bits. They enjoy dead plant material and aren’t considered harmful to your living plants. They will eat excess fish food, performing a much needed action in many tanks. Though the Gold Mystery Snail will breed in freshwater their population is easy to control because their eggs are laid above the water line and if you have enough snails you can simply remove them. In addition, they are not asexual so you will need both a male and a female to get fertilized eggs.  They can lay as many as 100 eggs above the water line that will take two to three weeks to incubate. It is important if you wish for yours to breed that you have a lowered water line so they have area on the glass that they can lay their eggs. Once the eggs hatch some breeders recommend you section them off from the adults as they will irritate them by attaching to their shells and feeding on biofilm growing there. These snails are quite gentle and active. Do be careful with what fish you house them with, as they have been known to eat other fish eggs on occasion. Additionally, they are gentle enough that nippy shrimp can cause quite the problem. Small, live bearing shrimp and fish are generally acceptable when they share water parameters. Snails are particularly susceptible to coppers in the water so make sure your tap water is free of metals. Many medications marketed to treat sick fish also have copper in the ingredients and this can be lethal to your snails.


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  1. gold snails 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Feb 2015

    I was really impressed by the packaging. There was insulation and a heat pad in there with them and I got U SPS shipping. All four of them are alive and healthy :) One had a little chip in its shell but calcium will heal it.


  2. GOLD MYSTERY SNAILS 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Sep 2014

    All snails arrived alive and were active in the tank within several hours. Packaging was excellent. I had worried because of the hot weather but no problems. I would definitely recommend this company.


  3. Excellent Purchase Experience 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Mar 2014

    I purchased 4 Golden Apple snails and 4 Corona snails from Elite Inverts and I am very satisfied. The snails arrived in quickly and were packaged very well to keep them warm and safe. I was very happy with the cost savings compared to my local pet store an the snails were high quality. The Apple snails are very large. I intend to make future purchases from E.I.

    S. Enright, Columbus, OH


  4. FAST SHIPPING! GREAT PRODUCTS! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Oct 2013

    This is the second time we have used this company. Snails arrived safely, very active.


  5. Very happy 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Oct 2013


    quite happy with my order of my snails, all are doing well and now already have begun breeding. Very interesting little creatures.


  6. PLEASNTLY SURPRISED! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Jul 2013

    Although I was skeptical about live snails actually surviving the shipping process from Arizona to Florida I was pleasantly surprised. Not only did they arrive alive, once they became acclimated to the tank they have become active members of said tank.


  7. Love my snails!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jun 2013

    I love these great snails! They are very industrious and speed around the tank all day long. I used USPS shipping and had no problems at all.


  8. Great solution for dirty fishtank! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Nov 2012

    Our small office fish tank was FILTHY, but I had read online that simply scrubbing it out would be unhealthy for the ecosystem. After introducing the snails, our tank is PRISTINE! Everyone in the office has been commenting on how different it looks...we didn't even know we had colored gravel until the snails did their work. They're also very entertaining to watch.

    I'm only giving four stars instead of 5 because the product description does not include how many snails are sent (I was expecting one, and received 5). I'm worried that they are too many for our small tank, but I don't want to get rid of any of them!



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