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This is a discussion on Mystery snails within the Invertebrates forums, part of the Freshwater and Tropical Fish category; --> Originally Posted by Lupin As far as I know, there is no 'black' mystery snail. The color appears to be dark green to me. ...

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Old 01-08-2009, 04:58 PM   #11
 
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As far as I know, there is no 'black' mystery snail. The color appears to be dark green to me. 'Black' mystery snails often end up with dark green or dark purple colors perceived as black. What do you feed your snail? I sometimes see red and orange poo but it's from the snail jello I give them.
My snails basically eat whatevers left over. In which case, that means shrimp, algae wafers, shrimp pellets and flake food. Usually though, they just go up and down the plants, decor and walls just getting all of the algae.

Thats funny, I didn't think there were black mystery snails either, at the LPS they had yellow and black in the same tank and just named them "yellow" or "black" mystery snails.

I have another question though. How do you know the difference between when your snail is hibernating, or when it is dead?
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Old 01-08-2009, 06:57 PM   #12
 
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The snail can look like it is hibernating when it does the 'hamburger face'. Hamburger face refers to them retracting into the shells but leaving some of their body exposed. They sometimes float to the water surface when they do that. This is not something to worry about though unless the snails stayed in their shells unusually for a long time. The only way to really know that the snail is dead when it smells very nasty. If the snail appears to not move at all with its body dangling from the shell while the shell is floating, it could also be dead. Just give it a whiff and see if it smells bad.
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:55 PM   #13
 
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I was in a small lps the other day to get a new filter bag, and I was looking at some extremely small snails when a clerk came over and asked if I wanted any, because he would give me a couple just to de-populate the tank they were in. I said sure! Now I have two snails that I don't know what they are, but I am trying to get some pictures and absolutely failing at it. I believe that they are apple snails based on them making the trek at least once a day to the top of the tank, but I just don't see the siphon that they are supposed to have to breathe air.

Since picture taking is not working out, I am going to try a video. I shall be back.
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:43 PM   #14
 
ouch those prolly are pond snails and might take over ur tank. Pond snails also breathe air...
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:48 PM   #15
 
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Ok, so I can't upload videos because of comcast right now, but here is the best picture I could get. Are they mating? What kind of snails are they if you can tell? Is it the standard Pomacea bridgesii? Also I put some green beans in the tank and after a couple days I finally moved them to the beans myself. They each made one pass at them, but then went on their ways. Is this normal, or did I not have the right veggies for them?

One cool thing is that almost 25% of the shell of the the one on the right in the pic is new. It looks a little clearer, and doesn't have any white lines right now. Let me know what you think about species and feeding. Thank you!

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Old 01-08-2009, 11:54 PM   #16
 
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If they are pond snails, how should I get rid of them? I definitely don't want my tank overcrowded, but I would like to have one or two snails in there.
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Old 01-09-2009, 01:35 AM   #17
 
those look like ramshorns. I dont know too much about them. Lots of pest snails can reproduce singly. I believe i read somewhere ramshorns need 2 to reproduce but are both sexes? I'm not 100% sure. Anyway, do some research on snails and see if your picture matches any. However, im pretty sure those are not apple snails.
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Old 01-09-2009, 06:56 AM   #18
 
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Ramshorns (Planorbis sp.). They nevertheless look cute though. I'd keep them.
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Old 01-09-2009, 07:12 PM   #19
 
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Yeah, I like the way they look, and I think I will try to pay enough attention to control the population, so that I can keep them. I have a couple more questions. I was thinking about adding two dwarf gouramis to the tank, will this affect the snails? I have heard that gouramis are like loaches and will eat them, but does this apply to the dwarf gouramis as well? Also is there any problem to add a nice apple snail when I do find one, or will there be interference with the ramshorns?
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Old 01-09-2009, 08:35 PM   #20
 
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Ramshorns and apple snails are fine together but I wouldn't try dwarf gouramis with any of them. Most gouramis love to harass the snails.
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