Ivory Mystery Snail

$2.29

(Pomacea bridgesii) Sometimes referred to as the Apple Snail, the Ivory Mystery Snail is popular among hobbyists for a several of reasons. Their algae eating abilities are pretty impressive and they are easy to breed but still keep under control. They are colorful, can be quite hardy and are excellent for keeping debris down in an active tank. Steer clear of soft or acidic water as it will pit your snailsí shells and cause health problems as well as make hatching of eggs difficult. Itís important to make sure your water line isnít too high as these snails will extend their siphons above the water to breathe air. The female Ivory Mystery Snail will lay their eggs on the glass above the water line; another good reason to leave some wiggle room. You will want to keep a lid on the tanks you have your Gold Mystery snails in and watch for them to climb out. They can survive for quite some time out of water but will dry out and die if not placed back in the tank. One of the nice things about Ivory Mystery Snails is they have a hearty appetite and will dine quite readily on biofilm or algae in the tank as well as algae wafers and shrimp pellets. They are also happy to eat blanched vegetables such as kale, spinach or zucchini along with cucumber bits. They enjoy dead plant material and arenít considered harmful to your living plants. They will eat excess fish food, performing a much needed action in many tanks. Though the Ivory Mystery Snail will breed in freshwater their population is easy to control because their eggs are laid above the water line and if you have enough snails you can simply remove them. In addition, they are not asexual so you will need both a male and a female to get fertilized eggs. They can lay as many as 100 eggs above the water line that will take two to three weeks to incubate. It is important if you wish for yours to breed that you have a lowered water line so they have area on the glass that they can lay their eggs.

These snails are quite gentle and active. They have been known to eat other fish eggs on occasion. Additionally, they are gentle enough that nippy shrimp can cause quite the problem. Small, live bearing shrimp and fish are generally acceptable when they share water parameters. Snails are particularly susceptible to coppers in the water so make sure your tap water is free of metals. Many medications marketed to treat sick fish also have copper in the ingredients and this can be lethal to your snails.

These are sold by the individual snail and I am generally unable to sex them unless they are breeding as I am pulling them out.

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