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How about mystery snails
« on: June 14, 2008, 01:48:33 AM »

I have black trapdoor snails in my pond and i know they are very hardy. does anyone know about mystery snails? Will they survive in the pond over winter? I just love their different colors and I want to make them as addition to the eco-system.
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Re: How about mystery snails
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2008, 02:12:44 AM »

I wish I could help, but I have no "for sure" knowledge on them. But I think they are more for aquariums if you live in a climate that freezes over. That really helped huh?

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Re: How about mystery snails
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2008, 08:50:02 AM »

Mystery Snails

Survive in aquariums: Yes
Survive in warm ponds: Yes
Survive in cold ponds: No
Plant eating capacity: Low to High (varies with species)
Algae eating capacity: Moderate to High
Breathing: Gilled
Breeding: Sexual, egg-laying; some people say that some are live-bearing

In most cases, mystery snails are apple snails so see that section as well.

Mystery snails are medium-sized tropical snails. Some mystery snails are Ampullaria sp. such as the four horned and Golden Inca snails above which are heavy algae and plant eaters. Another keeper of apple and mystery snails says that all mystery snails are the apple snail, Pomacea bridgesii (usually written incorrectly as Pomacea bridgesi). Yet another source says they are all Pomacea cuprina! The guy who runs says most mystery snails are Pomacea bridgesii or from the Viviparidae family. I have seen snails sold as mystery snails that are all different colors and obviously multiple species. There is no agreement between stores, keepers, and "experts" as to what is what. Some mystery snails eat algae and detritus and do not overly harm plants. Since they must be kept above 70 degrees F at all times, they cannot be kept in ponds except in tropical regions.

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Re: How about mystery snails
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2008, 08:58:41 AM »

Mystery Snails are interesting and their eggs are in clusters, and pink if I remember right. But they are not hardy, so to keep them in your pond,you need a small enough pond that you can catch them and overwinter them in an aquarium, or just be prepared to lose them and get new in the spring.

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Re: How about mystery snails
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2008, 01:18:13 AM »

I agree that the mystery snails are better in aquariums.  Their beauty can be more enjoyed behind the transparent glass.  And besides mystery snails are so pretty that they won't look good with so many algae attached to it if they are in a pond. But I will try to maybe just have them in a tub.  Thanks for all your comments.
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