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Black Mystery Snail
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Black Mystery Snail (Pomacea sp.)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 68-84° F, KH 12-18, pH 7.8-8.4
Max. Size 1½"
Origin Brazil
Family Ampullariidae
Minimum Tank Size 10 gallons
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The Black Mystery Snail is one of about 120 species belonging to the Ampullariidae family. The Ampullariidae family name is also sometimes referred to as Pilidae. The most visible characteristic of snails belonging to the Pomacea genus is the siphon. When needed, this siphon will extend out to the water surface allowing the snail to breathe while submerged. The siphon in this genus is typically longer than the length of the snail's body. The shells of Black Mystery Snails can vary significantly in pattern and color, including gold, jet black, and ivory forms.

In its natural habitat, the Black Mystery Snail remains inactive during the day and becomes more active at night searching the substrate for food. In the wild, some species may leave the water in search of fresh food. Two to four inches of open air space above the water line in the aquarium is required as these snails need open air to breath. Black Mystery Snails are very peaceful animals and should not be housed with any other animals that would like to make a meal of them.

Members of the Ampullariidae family are either male or female. The sex of a snail can be determined if they are the same age and have been kept in the same environment and are fed the same foods in which case then females will be larger than males. Eggs are laid in clutches, above the waterline and generally at night; 200 and 600 eggs can be laid. Depending on the temperature, eggs hatch after two to three weeks. The young will eat the same diet as the adults.

Pomacea sp. will eat algae, plants, vegetables, flake food, frozen foods, and live foods.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1/4" to 1-1/2" 

Customer Testimonials

Kevin Candiloro Worcester , ME

The Black Mystery Snail is a great help in keeping algae growth under control in a small tank. My tank is kept clear with little maintenance since my snail does most of the work for me!
Ryan Zimmerman Edinburg , TX
These snails are very entertaining and peaceful. They like to eat zucchini and orange slices, and seem to do well with a variety of fish. We really love ours. They are amusing and interesting creatures. Trust me, if you put two or three in a tank, you will most definitely have babies. These creatures are really ideal tank mates.
Michelle Illg Clark , NJ
I have kept several Mystery Snails in my community freshwater tank, and they are great additions! They're easy little guys to keep. They'll slowly make their way up and down the tank walls; it's quite amusing. Plus they'll happily eat your excess algae. Snails last a pretty long while, too. I recommend them.
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