10-28-2011, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by MetalArm3
So for a 27gal cube, 1 mystery snail will be enough? I never got one in fear of them multiplying ( Ive heard horror stories)
I have two mystery snails in my 30 gal, but I've never had algae problems so I have to feed mine. I'd start out with just one (unless you want two; they're $2-3 a piece) and see how he does. Mystery snails are heterosexual, so you have to have both a female and a male snail to reproduce. When buying one or two snails , it's a bit hard to sex them since the male reproductive gland is not exactly visible, so don't worry about what you have. They don't hatch overnight. If they spawn, one will lay red eggs around the water line; it'll look like you have a raspberry in your tank. Just scrape them out, dry them out/alcohol, and voila! no snail problems.
I love my two snails; they're darling, active, and generally more entertaining than my fish.