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Black Mystery Snail

The black Mystery snail is yet another beautiful snail from the Ampullariidae family. While it has a black body, the snails shell is actually brownish in color with black stripe. Mystery snails have become a huge part of Flip Aquatics due to their many benefits for breeding and keeping shrimp. The following reasons are why we have found these snails to be a crucial part of our shrimp tanks:

Cycling

We use these beautiful snails to help keep our aquarium cycled as we add and take shrimp out of the tank to sell. They produce a fair amount of waste which helps keep beneficial bacteria. This bacteria is crucial for processing waste out of the water (also known as the nitrogen cycle).

Clean Up

One of the leading causes for beginner shrimp keepers to fail is overfeeding. Many hobbyists are use to feeding a lot and doing huge water changes. For shrimp, this is not the case. A smaller water change of 10% biweekly is more than enough for shrimp to thrive. Therefore, when the occasional overfeeding happens it can lead to raised ammonia level and in turn, dead shrimp.

Mystery snails have a large appetite and will gladly clean up any leftover food in an aquarium. They can actually breakdown food much quicker than shrimp through digestion. This is why we believe that snail poop is actually beneficial to a shrimp’s diet. Therefore, these snails are providing clean up and eventually natural food.

Background

Mystery snails are from the genus Ampullariidae. They originate from South America and are extremely peaceful. In a shrimp tank, they are the gentile giant. The only downside to mystery snails is that their main diet in the wild is from feeding on dying vegetation. This means that mystery snails will not eat healthy plants. They will feed on dying plants or leaves that have fallen off the plant. These snails will thrive off of leaf matter. The snail feces is believed to be beneficial to shrimp and their overall health. There are over 120 species of snails with the Ampullariidae family.

Please note: During shipping, snails sometimes go into a hibernation-like state and may not become fully active for up to a week once acclimated to your aquarium. 

Tank Parameters

  • Ph: 7.0 to 7.6
  • Gh: 7 to 15
  • Kh:  2 to 8
  • TDS: 180 to 400
  • Temp: 68 to 72

Tank Equipment

  • Filter: Matten Filter
  • Substrate: Pool Filter Sand
  • Water: RO/DI Water remineralized with Salty Shrimp Gh/Kh+
  • Decor: Malaysian Driftwood, Java Moss and Indian Almond Leaves

Customer Reviews

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Matthew Ahrens
healthy black snails

I'd been looking for black snails at local fish stores with no luck so I was happy to see them available through Flip. Snails arrived happy and healthy. I've had them in their tank for three days and the snails are all doing well. Very pleased.

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Donkeymomofsix
Black Mystery Snail

Black Mystery Snail is doing great...nice addition to our aquarium
..good algae eater

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Nicole Jones
Amazing snails! Gorgeous, alive and pretty smart.

All of my snails were alive and happy when they arrived. It’s been almost two weeks and they are thriving. One of them seems like maybe he is a little ‘simple’ but so far seems really kind. Gorgeous gorgeous snails!

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Luke Mulcrone
Snails and shrimp

They came so quickly and in good condition will do business with again!

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Adam Lessey
Black Mystery Snail

Came perfectly wrapped with a heat pack bought two got three will buy from again