11-06-2012, 06:49 AM
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Looks like you've got an apple snail there, often labeled as mystery snails for lack of a more specific term.
I've kept apples in my tropical freshwater aquarium before, but it really depends on temp. Apple snails will prefer low 70s, but can do fine up to about 78F
The trade off-
Warmer waters will speed up metabolism, and ultimately shorten lifespan. Apples kept in ideal conditions will live 5+ years and grow to be tangerine-sized or larger (seen some get as large as baseballs!)
Kept in warmer tropical temps, they'll live 2-3 years, and top out around golf ball sized.
However, goldfish are notorious snail nippers, and a snail being constantly chewed on is likely to die even sooner than one kept in tropical waters, so if your tropical tank is less than or equal to 78F, then they'd probably be better off in there.
I will also note as a warning to be careful transferring to any tank that has been treated with medication in the previous 12 months... I had some beautiful golden apple snails I placed in a tank that had been treated for ich almost a year prior only to have them die mysteriously a few days later. The medication had leeched into the silicone sealant and was still present in the tank so many months later. I was quite bummed.
Not even sure if that would apply in your case, but either way, snails are extremely sensitive to changes in water chemistry (salinity and pH in particular) so keep a close eye on any snails you move and be prepared to rescue them if they show signs of distress.
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