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Old 01-09-2009, 11:30 PM   #21
 
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Ok, I wont do the gouramis then. I went out and bought a pomacea bridgesii tonight along with an angelfish. It was labeled as a "black" mystery snail. It was very active at the store, and has been that was so far here in the tank. I already put some green bean halves in the tank a few inches from where it was. It immediately went to them and has been devouring them for the last 30 minutes or so. This is exciting! I might add in another next week if I find one more that I like. Thanks!
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Old 01-09-2009, 11:42 PM   #22
 
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There's no such thing as 'black' when it comes to these mystery snails. Chain stores often can label their stocks anything that strikes their fancy. I suggest you examine the shell under different light spectrums. It is either dark striped green or dark striped purple. No solid black P. diffusa has ever been produced. Someone in another forum bought a mystery snail alleged to be black. I can see why it was considered black. Lighting conditions and shell conditions often are very important to determine the correct shell color.

Collards may be the best veggies you can give as they have very high calcium content. Happy sliming.
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Old 01-09-2009, 11:49 PM   #23
 
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I put the "black" in quote because I knew it was incorrect. After closer examination it look to have a mostly brown shell with purple stripes. It is sort of hard to see becuase it looks like there is quite a bit of green algae growing on the shell. Should I brush this off? I really don't want to disturb it right now, but if I need to, I can after work tomorrow...
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Old 01-10-2009, 12:10 AM   #24
 
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You can use a soft toothbrush to wipe off the algae. Try adding some nerite snails. They love to eat algae all the time and I have several Clithon corona mixed with my P. diffusa.

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