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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

Very Rare! Very Cool!

Sometimes referred to as the Apple Snail (although these are generally species that are much larger) the Black 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 Black 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 Black 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 Black 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 Black 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. Great snails! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Jun 2019

    All 4 arrived alive and 1 was not shy at all, moving all around the aquarium after it was placed inside, within hours all 4 were cruising around. I have had them about 3 weeks now. I will definitely buy from elite inverts again!

  2. nice snails but very large 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Oct 2018

    the snails are quite large so I know they wont live very long. they are otherwise as described and hopefully will breed before they die.

  3. 4 snail arrived alive 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Mar 2017

    I ordered 4 Black Mystery snails, they arrived a day early alive a little cold, it took them a little bite of time to come out and explore but they did. They're sooo little and cute. Thank you

  4. dead snail 2 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Jun 2016

    Everything came in nicely packaged but 1 of the snails never came out of the shell and i believe parished during transport. the other 3 are very happy and well adjusted to the new aquarium.

    From Elite. Sorry to hear they all didn't make it. Thge slower shipping methods can sometimes be a little rough on them.

  5. Snails... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Apr 2016

    All arrived alive and are doing well for now. Have had them about two weeks.

  6. Great Service 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Mar 2016

    I wasn't sure how these little buggers would be shipped to me. It was an interesting and cool experience. All four snails came alive and I have had them about two weeks and they are all still healthy and alive.

  7. great condition and ALL ALIVE! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Jan 2016

    great condition and ALL ALIVE! They were packaged perfectly!

  8. 4/4 snails arrived alive! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Dec 2015

    What the title says! All snails arrived alive and on time! Will definitely be ordering from this site again!

  9. dead snail 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Sep 2015

    Sent 4 ,1 dead

    From Elite: We strongly recommend FedEx next day or two day shipping to avoid this.

  10. Great Additions 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Jun 2015

    They arrived alive and on time. They great additions to our golden ones we have. But sad to say we lost one today or yesterday. We will be ordering from the shop again in the future.

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