Mystery snails are peaceful and can coexist with most pet fish and shrimp. They are active eaters of biofilm, algae, and other plant matter in the aquarium, thus helping to keep it clean. Proper feeding will deter them from your live aquatic plants.
These snails come in various beautiful colors, including magenta, gold, ivory white, blue, and black. This undoubtedly makes them popular among hobbyists. Many also keep them for waste management and algae control in large aquariums.
Mystery snails have unique breathing and breeding behaviors that makes them different from other snails. They can often be seen climbing to the top of the tank to breathe air or lay their eggs above the waterline. Their eggs cannot survive or hatch in water.
While it’s relatively easy to care for mystery snails you must meet their ideal tank conditions. Keep them in the correct tank size (1 – 2 mystery snails per 5 gallons of water). Additionally, provide the following water parameters:
7.6 to 8.4
68° to 84° F
Ammonia and nitrite
Mystery snails are sensitive to copper, and you need to watch out when using tap water. It’s also important to provide calcium in their diet to maintain their shell health. Feed them kale, spinach, cucumber, and other greens. Don’t forget to float cuttlebone in their water.