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"Gold mystery snails?"

Do these eat plants? i was thinking about getting some but wasn't sure if they nibbled on plants or not. Any 1 have any experiences with these?
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I have several and they dont mess with my plants. Every so often they are on the leaves but seems to be working the algae.
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apple snails, often called mystery snails will eat your plants and grow
as large as a golf ball the more plants you provide them to feed on.
don't get these snails for a planted tank no matter how pretty they appear.
Nerite snail are great algae eaters, but only for medium to large leaf plants.
small and fine leaf plants require shrimp to effectively get at the algae.
most types of algae that appears on your glass will not be eaten by snails.
they'll try, but are not very effective. best way to manage algae on
your glass is with less lighting time, more Co2, post "new tank syndrome".

search the threads titles for snails since we discuss this issue often.


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Are we sure "gold mystery snails" are all the same species? I know Cana sp. grow as large as softballs and eat plants.

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The ones I Seen were small and just labeled as Gold mystery snails...
how many do you have Chaz?
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Thhe ones Seen were small and just labeled as Gold mystery snails...
that's the way LPS sell them, but they grow very fast if they have access to plants.
those snails are perfect for plastic plant tanks that occasionally get a bit of algae.
another thing I dislike about those snails is how much they crap all over your tank.
just skip that snail. plenty of other living things you can get to jazz up your tank.


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The ones I Seen were small and just labeled as Gold mystery snails...
how many do you have Chaz?
i probably have 8 or more in my 80 gallon. they DONT eat the plants.
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I had some and like you chaz, the didn't eat plants. Then after several months, one deceided to eat an entire anubias leaf. Then they all started munching plants, it was amazing how fast they could eat them.

It seems sometimes they will leave plants alone, but they may just eventually figure out, "Wait, we can eat these."

I have read that they mainly prefer algae and dead plant tissue, but will pretty much eat anything.
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How long have you had yours for Chaz?
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I am pretty sure Apple snails don't eat plants. Almost positive.

They better not, rain- was going to send me some Apple snail eggs. Hope she wasn't going to sabotage me!!!


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I have a gold mystery snail. He use to occasionally strip a leaf of a weak or dying plant. He generally leaves the plants alone and everything looks great. BTW, these are different than the larger apple snails.
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apple snails, often called mystery snails will eat your plants and grow
as large as a golf ball ...

ONLY a golf ball?!?! i had one in when i worked at the LFS that was atleast the size of a baseball i kid you not. sold it for like 15 bucks. haha. didnt think we'd get that much but we sure did.

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I just bought one today from Wal-Mart (yeah I know, zip it). We'll see how he does with my plants as I have some delicate and some hardy. So far he's moved a total of maybe 3" in six hours. Sure munched on some shrimp pellets though.
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I just bought one today from Wal-Mart (yeah I know, zip it). We'll see how he does with my plants as I have some delicate and some hardy. So far he's moved a total of maybe 3" in six hours. Sure munched on some shrimp pellets though.
I have 3 in my 37 gallon, and they do not eat my plants, don't expect them to move much at first, my snail were the same at first. But after a few days they were all over the place. I have only noticed them on any of my plants once or twice, and it didn't seem like they were eating the plants, and they do move rather quickly. oh, yeah, and they do love those shrimp pellets!
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Regular apple snails, Pomacea bridgesii will leave the plants alone for the most parts. Some accidents might happen with snails that are hungry and don't have any other food, but they are rare occassions.

The nasty, big and mean apple snails (well, they aren't nasty or mean), Pomacea canaliculata, will eat all your plants and then they will crawl out of the tank and try to eat your dog (well, only the first part is true, but I got carried away with my doomsday predictions ).

How to tell them apart? Well, the easiest way to be sure that you have P. bridgesii is to buy a pink apple snails. That's a 100% brig, no other species has that colour variation (same goes with blue, purple, ivory and some other colours). Then if you are really interested in the subject, you can read about the differencies at The Apple Snail (Ampullariidae) Website and really be able to tell the species apart.

Where can you get a pink apple snail or another colour variation of P. bridgesii from? Get them from a reputable breeder, for example: The Snail Store by Rainbow Snails.

But to be honest, apple snails aren't the best choice for a planted tank. But the reason isn't that they would mess up the scape, it's the water parametres. Apple snails won't look pretty if the pH is under 7, their shell will slowly dissolve away. And the females also like to climb out of the tank to lay eggs above the water level, so an open tank and apple snails isn't a good combination.

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