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post #1 of 12 Old 04-10-2010, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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Mystery Snails???

I got 5 snails the other day. I didnt see a name listed but thought they looked like mystery snails. I asked the lfs how big they get he said as big as their enviroment. Could someone please id my guys? God I hope they arent the giant snails! I tried getting the best pics I could.
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-10-2010, 09:47 PM
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They are sold as "mystery" snails, but in truth are Apple Snails. (Pomacea Brigesdii). They get about 1.5-2.0" in diameter.
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They are sold as "mystery" snails, but in truth are Apple Snails. (Pomacea Brigesdii). They get about 1.5-2.0" in diameter.

Ok cool, as long as they dont get bigger than that im good. Like I said there was no names on them & i was going by what snails I saw on here when I bought them.

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Those shells are in pretty rough shape. Do you know your water's pH and hardness? Feeding them some calcium would be helpful, too. You can drop Tums or Caltrate in there and they'll eat the pills.

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Those shells are in pretty rough shape. Do you know your water's pH and hardness? Feeding them some calcium would be helpful, too. You can drop Tums or Caltrate in there and they'll eat the pills.
As far as ph no I dont know will have to check. like I said I just got them on fri so they were this way already. I will check on the ph & look into getting them a bit more calcium. thanks.

Just checked the ph. ph reads 7.6

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Adding tums will cloud your water. What I did for mine was added a CLEAN eggshell ( preferrably with the membrane removed) to the back corner of the tank. That way the snails can absorb the calcium they need.
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Adding tums will cloud your water. What I did for mine was added a CLEAN eggshell ( preferrably with the membrane removed) to the back corner of the tank. That way the snails can absorb the calcium they need.
I went out & got one of those cuttlefish bones. I threw a piece in each of my filters. I will keep the eggshell in mind. I never would have thought of that.
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I've started using a cuttle bone too. It seems to work.
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Pomacea bridgesii is an old name. Ken Hayes has changed the taxonomic name to Pomacea diffusa. Diffusas can grow to at least 2 inches only. Largest species would include Pomacea insularum which can reach 4" in length but remain very rare from the trade. Another canaliculata complex would be the Pomacea canaliculata. This one can reach baseball size at 3". Do not combine the canas and diffusas together. The problem arises when the canas can aggressively eat starving their fellows to death.

Tums is fine but of course, the downside is indeed the fact that it can cloud up the water. A good alternative would be Caltrate.

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