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Apple snail sick or healthy

Hello I have in my shrimp aquarium 4 apple snails. 2 yellow and 2 with yellow shell and black body. And one of my yellow-black snails is started to lose black color. And I don't know if is normal or if he is a hybrid between yellow and yellow- black snail. Or if it's sick. And it's like some part is black and head and the top white-yellow color. Or if it's going to change color from black to yellow.
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Hi there! I believe you have mystery snails, which is a type of apple snail! They are constantly growing their shells, and they need a supplemented source of calcium carbonate. If you find that they are losing the color in their shell, it is most likely due to a lack of food/calcium. It takes A LOT of food to grow a beautiful shell! Try adding some veggies in there. You can prepare veggies by washing them well and taking the skin off.
Some people blanch their veggies, but I find it unnecessary. I tend to prepare a lot and freeze the pieces. Make sure that the snails have food EVERY day. As mystery snails get to their full size, they eat a TON! I use a simple rule of thumb: try to feed what they will eat while I am asleep. I feed right before bed, and I try to make sure that there is no food when I wake up. Veggies I keep in the tank 24/7. Sometimes it takes a day or two for them to eat all of it. Some good veggies to feed are: cucumber, squash, zucchini, or broccoli. They LOVE lettuce and spinach, but they eat it very quickly.

I also make snello. If you like, I will be happy to write up a post about how to make it, what I use, and why it is so important for snails. I have to make some on Sunday or Monday, so I can take pictures as well. Snello is basically a veggie rich gel food you make for plecos/snails.

A snail's shell tells a story. What story is your snail telling?

Hope this helps!
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So that mean I don't give theme enough of food. I always give my shrimp aquarium some shrimp stick,fish food and one tablet for cleaning fishes and snails. And now I realize that I don't give them enough of food. But I'm also new to snail care. I had this four just for a month. But I did gave theme twice cucumbers in this time. And now I will gave theme more food and vegies. But I would also love to hear about your recepie for snello. And thank you for your answer.
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OK! I am going to the store tonight or tomorrow for veggies, I will post it once I have some nice pictures to accompany!
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