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  1. My blue has been mounting my magenta and jade snails so often he's been eroding their shells and has been separated. But, I suppose the snails could potentially be laying fertile eggs for months even now he's gone! I incubated one of each of their clutches in some floating tupperware, and both hatched in 12 days. Once they felt brittle to the touch, I crumbled the clutch into a breeder box. While I watched the little snaibies crawl up the sides--alive!--I got a little misty. Wasn't expecting to. They're just so cute! But then, I'm the sort of person who makes snello so maybe I should've expected to get misty 😅. I'd never intended to breed snails, but the local fish store says they'd be happy to take them, and here we are! They're still so small, and every day I wake up, do my maintenance, and marvel that they're still alive. They're too young to show their colors yet, but I can't wait! Their parents have given me so much joy; they've got such great personality. I don't know how many will make it to maturity, and since it's my first time I don't expect a huge success. But they seem to be doing great, and I'm hopeful I'll have a few more mysteries for myself and some more to help pay the fish food bills.
  2. Greetings everyone, I’m finally at the stage of hatching the clutches that were created on May 10th. I pulled the clutches from the incubator and carefully crumbled it into a specimen container using tank water. I’m concerned that perhaps I crumbled the clutches too soon. Looking at the results I am not seeing any snails. This is my first attempt to breed mystery snails, I’m concerned that this may a failure. Looking at the photo is it still possible there are viable snail babies?
  3. Hello everyone, I was hoping someone could help me with my pair of golden mystery snails. I got them as tankmates for my fantail goldfish in their 20 gallon long tank, and their behavior seems very off from any mystery snails I've had previously before. The tank is mature and cycled, with strict weekly water changes, extra filtration, live and fake plants and a heater set to 68. But these mystery snails never seem to move or get out of their shells. I've checked them multiple times thinking they were dead, they've even been hanging out of their shells at some points, but they're not dead. I've dropped an algae wafer in every other day because I didn't want them to starve, but it never really looks like they move to eat it. I saw one had moved in another spot of the tank over night, but as soon as I turned the lights on he dropped and stayed in his shell and has been in ever since. I've had them for over two weeks now, and am worried they're going to starve or slowly die, and just can't figure out what is wrong with them. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated, thank you in advance.
  4. I usually add Seachem Reef Calcium for calcium supplementation for my mystery and nerite snails. This time I bought the wrong thing and didn’t realize it until I opened it—this time I got Reef Complete, which has magnesium and strontium added. Anybody use this or know if it will be ok in a freshwater planted tank with rainbowfish, tetras, and cories? I had just poured the first capful (20G dose) into my 55G tank when I realized it was a different color, so I didn’t put a full dose in yet.
  5. So, this morning I found one large and one small clutch of mystery snail eggs on opposite sides of my tank above the water line. We had our last snail for about three years and never had eggs, so this is a first. And not a happy one. I don't need more snails, but I am so uncomfortable with the idea of removing the clutches and disposing of them. I am also uncomfortable with the idea of 30 snails in my already overstocked 20g tank. I don't know how long they've been there because I almost never lift the back of the lid. I am sure the longer they are there the less comfortable I will be with removing them. Just since lights out, I have seen the snail go to each clutch as if she is checking on them or perhaps scouting locations for more? Maybe she will eat them back up and spare me this nightmare? I wish somebody would come over here and do it for me. I need a mystery snail fairy to come take them away. I now regret having the snail at all, if I am going to have to do this repeatedly. How often will it happen? Do snails go through something like menopause and eventually give up producing eggs? How long before this no longer bothers me to do, experienced snail people?
  6. Ok, so I just adopted my very first Golden Mystery Snail for my 14 gallon tank. His name is Cuzco, and he's a little cutie pie. My question is, what does everyone feed their mystery snails?? I've given him Hikari Algae Wafers, which he seems to really like. I've tried blanched spinach, but he doesn't seem too interested in it. I've tried Super Green, Soilent Green and Bottom Scratcher Repashy...all of which weren't touched. Lots of algae naturally growing on a piece of spider wood and on top of a little ceramic pleco cave. I know I need to get him something rich in calcium, too. He's only been in the tank for about a week, so it may be that he's still shy. My Amano shrimp like to run to anything I drop in the tank, too. So, any suggestions for some noms? What do your mystery snails enjoy? Cuzco on his algae wafer
  7. After changing the water in my 5 gallon cube aquascaped tank I found these mystery square eggs. I'm suspecting Assassin Snail eggs but not sure. If so any hints on hatching them out? _______ UPDATE I'm an Assassin Snail daddy! I just spotted about 4 baby Assassin snails!!!!
  8. Hey beautiful people! Anyone know what is going on with my snail? I'd say I noticed it a couple of days ago (depressed ridge in the shell) . This particular snail has spawned multiple offspring lately (so I don't think its a food issue). All the babies are still tiny but is this from them? I added an oyster shell to the tank for more calcium. Is this something I need to treat?
  9. Does anyone have experience keeping danios with mystery snails? Any problems with them picking at tentacles or eyes? The tank will be a planted 25 gallon and they will be the only occupants. Is there a best species of danio to keep with mystery snails? My top 6 considerations are Zebra danios, pearl danios, rose danios, gold ring danios, celestial pearl danios, or white cloud minnows.
  10. First batch of Mystery Snails hatched today! Any tips on raising the hatchlings? I put them in a breeder box and fed then what I would normally feed the adults (algae wafers and sinking pellets). Should I go for something else? Also, how can I check for calcium levels in the tank to make sure they are adequate?
  11. I have a Dwarf Gourami that’s been not doing so well so I placed it inside a Breeder tank hoping it will heal protected from the other fish nipping at it. So far it is still alive after two weeks. But the reason I’m posting this is because ALL of my mystery snails have found their way inside and have been there for a couple of days. Think I should pick them out or just leave them alone?
  12. I put 2 Mystery Snails in my 80 gallon yesterday, they are a bright yellow or gold color about the size of a quarter. Today they are nowhere in sight, my plants are not that thick and I have looked over and under the decorations in the tank. I opened the HOB filter and did not find them there either. So any idea how they can hide, do they bury them self in the substrate??
  13. Ok soooo I don't want to breed stuff. Anyone here that might be aware of me might be aware of my accidental breeding of Otocinclus. I chose Mystery snails because I could just remove their egg sacks- no more Mystery snails right??? Then how the heck did I get this little one?! I mean, I'm already in love but....how do I keep breeding stuff..... 😂
  14. I have a few mystery snails and shrimp. I purchased my first golden mystery snail at local pet store on May 08, 2021. I put it in a 36 gal planted tank. The snail was very active for a few weeks and then began to just not move at the bottom of the tank and come out a little bit, but never moved again. A few weeks later, I purchased 2 more snails at a different local pet store: a blue mystery snail and an ivory snail, and the same thing has happened were both snails were very active and then now they are not moving at all. I put a wonder shell in the tank last night, just in case I don't have enough calcium in the tank. I do have some brown/green algae growing in my tank as well. I can't seem to keep Ghost Shrimp alive in my tank either. What am I doing wrong? My tank tests were taken last night. Results: GH:13 KH:6 Copper:0 PH:8 Ammonia:0 Nitrite:0 Nitrate:0 TDS:1357 Temp:77 Thanks in advance.
  15. Guppies everywhere. I use a Betta bow 2.5 to grow my male guppy fry for a few extra weeks before taking to LFS. I separate as soon as I can tell with a magnifying glass usually 4 weeks to prevent further breeding. Both of my sorority tanks are full. Local LFS has recently had a complete employee turnover. Their tanks went from pristine to frightening diseased mass dead fish, snail and shrimp graveyards. I cannot in good conscience take my babies there...good excuse for yet another tank...ROFL I bought a cheap 10 gal and glass lid. Used 2 of my extra AQueon clip on plant grow lights. All the gravel decor plants etc and nano ACO coarse sponge from the 2.5. I pulled an extra medium from a tank I keep for pulling in case of hospital need. I supplemented with gravel plants and such from other well established tanks. I decided to be brave based on all @Cory videos and only run ONLY sponges which I have never done. Always only supplement cans or hobs with sponges. So far zero issues stable never an off reading I’m a daily tester...retired bored love my tanks. Current stock males guppy fry 5 weeks and my breeding pair of clear gold iridescent honey Carmel spire bladder snails...they will produce quickly in a fry tank always do. The question after painfully long unnecessary explanation I would like to rehouse 2 magenta mystery snails both males to this new setup. Can the sponge filters medium and nano handle the load. I’m not experienced with not exporting the waste into hob or cans. Do I need to use larger I have another new unseasoned medium and a large ACO coarse i have multiple extra hobs I could add if needed but I’m really interested to learn the sponge only thing.
  16. Our mystery snail, Turbo, is a favorite in the office. We've noticed his shell is changing - I'm assuming it's the growth that has happened since we have had him. I'm guessing some mineral is missing from the water? Also, it looks like algae is growing on his shell?? Current set up - 10 gallon planted tank w/driftwood. Tank mates - betta, 2 black skirt tetras and a nerite snail. Parameters: 10 Nitrates; 0 Nitrates & ammonia; hardness 75; alkalinity 40; ph 6.8 What can I add to the water to make it a better environment for him? Also any ideas in tank mates? It's only a 10 gallon, but I am thinking of getting some algae eaters.
  17. I have a love/hate relationship witth duckweed...I want it in some tanks but it gets everywhere, and is sometimes fairly impossible to eradicate without resorting to a near scorched earth policy. I envied Cory his goldfish solution, but my tanks are too small. A few months ago I bought 3 mystery snails. I had heard they were not as great at eating algae, and I have tons of other kinds of snails, so I thought why bother paying for them? But then I saw @Kirsten's magenta snails, and I needed them. They were small when I got them, but they grew really fast. I was worried my tank didn't have enough algae, as it has nerites, pest snails, and otocinclus. But boy, did they grow... And then I realized suddenly my duckweed kept disappearing...weird. I thought it couldn't be...I put a cup full of duckweed in from another tank in order to get this pic. The snails made a beeline to the surface as soon as the duckweed hit the water. Who knew?!
  18. Looking for some advice and understanding to make sure I'm taking care of them correctly. Two days ago my clutch started to hatch so I helped it along and made a make shift breeder box out of a tupperware container. I am gong today to purchase a real breeder box. I have been putting crushed flake food in in the morning and a pleco wafer in in the evening after changing the water out in the little container. This morning I noticed all the snails were clinging on to the top of the lid or on the side out of the water. Is that normal or should I be concerned. I know the make shift breeder box isn't ideal that's why I'm getting one or two today. Any help with what I can do to give the best chance of survival would be great. TIA
  19. Can anyone tell me if these two gold mystery snails are a male and female mating. I have read that sometimes two males will also “connect” just out of instinct or is that just misinformation?
  20. Okay y'all my tap water is pH 7 gh 300+ kh 40 A 0 ni 0 na 0, I'm raising guppies, Pilates and Molly's along with mystery snails. I've been wanting to raise my KH and crushed coral isn't available and I'm not comfortable using like alkaline buffers so I put some aragonite in a filter media bag and put it in some filters, it's raised one tank, my 55g to pH 7.8 -8 gh 300+ kh 120ish which is running a standard canister filter with 1 bag inside instead of carbon pellets, will the aragonite eventually stop or is it just going to keep on raising the pH on up and up
  21. Hello! I have been keeping fish for several years now, but I am just opening up to the idea of snails. I was wondering if I need to quarintine Nerite or Mistery snails before adding them to my community tank? I alwayys quarintine new fish, but I am not sure if snails are able to bring anything into my aquarium that could make my fish sick. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!!
  22. Hello all! My Delta tail betta had been nipping his fins and tail. He's looking ragged. I have added a Cattawpa leaf, have limited his light to about 2 hrs a day, and exercise him with a mirror. I was thinking of being proactive and adding Maracyn to prevent any possibility of fin rot, but there are two Mystery snails in his tank as well. Will they be okay?
  23. Hey everyone, Can mystery snails live in cold water, like 40-90 degrees?
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