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Purple Mystery Snail

The Purple Mystery snail is yet another beautiful snail from the Ampullariidae family. While it has a black body, this snails shell can range in color from almost black to a subtle violet or light purple hue. The Albino variation has a white body and shell that ranges from deep purple to brown/pink or pink striped. The variation in shell color makes this a great mystery snail for selective breeding and creating nice purple variations!

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 78

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 79 reviews
Alison Blasko
Purple Mystery Snail

I love my new pet snail. He arrived healthy and is thriving in his new home. He is fun to watch as he already is showing a very unique, playful personality. He loves cucumbers I have discovered. I put them in my tank for my otos and clown pleco and now I have to add another one for my snail.


I ordered one albino foot and one black foot magenta mystery snail and both arrived safe and sound exploring their bags! They’re both absolutely gorgeous! If you want more of a magenta color get the albino footed snail but I absolutely love how dark purple the black footed snail is! Both are a great addition to my tank and will be amazing garbage disposals for any extra food in my tanks! Absolutely love them and how active they already are! Super interesting to watch as they explore the tank! :)

Arrived safe & sound

Snail arrived in perfect shape and health. Fully active and beautiful color.
A bit of algae growth on the shell, but nothing the tank nerite won't help them out with cleaning off I'm sure.

drew w.
purple mystery snails

purple mystery snails arrived quickly and healthy. they are doing amazing in my tank 2 and a half weeks later. would definitely recommend.


The color is very cool! Enjoyable to watch a pretty snail.