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Albino Mystery Snail

Albino Mystery snails are unique in the fact that they are considered albino yet their shell is full of color with some striping. The body of this snail is usually a pale white to yellowish color. 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:


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.


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

Based on 44 reviews
Vicki McSwain
4 Month Update- Albino Snails

My pair of beautiful Albino snails are definitely male and female. The female has doubled in size since October, and she has laid 9 clutches of eggs since the beginning of November! Their shells are still gorgeous, and the female often carries the male around on her back while he sleeps. I have seen the female eating my water sprite, but she does not harm anything else so I just let it grow for her “salad”.

marco espinoza
Mystery snails

Snails got here nice and healthy and they've been a great addition to our aquarium.


As always amazing packaging and a little bonus too!

Vicki McSwain
Adorable Albino Mystery Snails

I received two beautiful albino mystery snails, to replace my ivory mysteries who died of old age. They arrived a day early, which has been the norm. Their shells look like polished wood, and their adorable gold freckles really sparkle. I drip acclimated them for 3 hours, and they started exploring almost immediately when placed in my tank. They are taking care of the brown spots on my Frogbit and tidying up the substrate. They love their Snello, and their calcium chips! My water is not the hardest, so I am doing my best to keep their shells healthy. I also keep Wonder Shells in the tank, and I have seen them graze on those as well. Very happy with my derpy new friends!


I received my snails today & im very pleased. The shipping was fast and I ordered an ice pack with the order due to the hot conditions of 100 degrees summer brings. I originally ordered 1 but I received two! As soon as I put them in the tank they opened up! Next stop shrimp when the 10 gal is cycled… hoping the snails were female and male but fingers crossed. I would recommend flip aquatics!!! 10/10