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mystery snails. plant safe?

so the so called "mystery" snails sold in lfs's.. are they plant safe, or will they munch holes and tear leaves apart?

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Mystery snails are generally plant safe. The only time they will munch on a leaf is if the leaf is damaged/dying or they have nothing else to eat. I supplement their diet with blanched zuccini and cucumber slices.

I purchased three mystery snails at the LFS over a year ago, and they laid two batches of eggs later on. First batch drowned when it fell from the tank lid where it was attached. The second one hatched to 100+ babies. A few dozen survived and grew to pea size. I still have last three from that generation in the tank, and they are of adult size.
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do they do a good job at munching on algae?

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do they do a good job at munching on algae?
Depends much on type of algae. Green spots on the glass are very hard and best removed with a scraper. Snails are good at softer kinds. I currently have short hair algae on glass and plants. I am sure the snails eat it, but it's just not enough in my case. Actually, my MTS do better job at cleaning glass when they come up at night in great numbers.
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thanks for your replies. i think i may end up trying a couple. i'm sure it can't hurt.

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if the "mystery" is they are apple snails, then they will devour your plants.


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Have you ever owned any mystery snails spypet?
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mystery snails eats my riccia in the tank, but not other plants. Does that explain something ?
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