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The Mystery Snail is a great scavenger in freshwater aquariums. Mystery snails feed on algae, excess food, and organic waste in the aquarium making it an excellent member of the clean up crew. It is an extremely peaceful freshwater snail that can reach 5cm in diameter. They are tropical aquatic snail and do not do well in cold water fish tanks. It is a South American species that has gills and an operculum which is used to protect when hiding in their shell.

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Features of Black Foot Mystery Snail's:

  • Purple/black color body, head, and foot
  • Grows up to 5cm
  • Shell colour varies
  • Breeds readily in the aquarium, lays eggs above the water line
  • The average lifespan is approximately 1 year


Mystery Snail : Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size for Black Foot Mystery Snail's:

Mystery Snail's do well in almost all size aquariums from 10L+. 

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Black Foot mystery Snail Tank Mate Compatibility:

Mystery snail's are peaceful and non-aggressive invertebrates. They are slow moving and lack ability to defend themselves other than retracting into their shell. Only keep with peaceful small species of aquarium fish that are not known to nip.

Here are some great tank mates for your mystery snail:

Black Foot Mystery Snail Food :

Mystery Snail are not picky eaters. In addition to scavenging for food such as excess fish food, algae and organic material, the will feed on algae wafers and vegetables.  

Mystery Snail Tank Set-up

Aquatic Plants:

Mystery snails will consume aquatic plants when they are not well-fed or if the leaves of the plants are soft or decaying.
Consider use of aquatic plants with firmer leaves such as:
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Aquarium Lighting:

Snails don't require any specific lights however they do appreciate area's of shade which can be created with use of ornaments, live or fake plants.

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Aquarium Filter:

Mystery snails enjoy some organic waste in the aquarium. Avoid strong and direct water flow. Select an aquarium filter suited for your aquarium size. Some options include sponge filters, hang on filters and canister filters.

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Aquarium Heater:

Mystery snails enjoy warmer temperatures between 20 - 28 degrees Celsius. A heater is recommended in cold climates and during winter. Aquarium heaters help stabilize water temperature keeping it consistent. Always use a fish tank thermometer to monitor temperature. 

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Aquarium Decorations:

Mystery snails enjoy climbing in, around, on and under all types of aquarium ornaments. Driftwood in particular produces a natural organic bio-film that mystery snails love to eat. In addition to driftwood, use natural rock, ornaments, caves and silk plants.

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Aquarium Substrate:

Aquarium Sand, gravels of all grades, and pebbles are all suitable for mystery snails. They will appreciate scavenging for food between the substrate.

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Additional Information

Snail Keeping Snapshot :

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Aquarium Set-up Service:

Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums for offices, hotels or restaurants. Coburg Aquarium, Australia's leading aquarium shop.

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