Will these types of snails eat my plants?

  1. Rarotongan

    Rarotongan Member Member

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    I have an Anubia, java fern and java moss.

    The snails I have that I am thinking of moving to this tank are blue mystery snails ( in my experience these don't seem to eat plants). I also have brown wild type mystery snails which I have never put with plants before. Also two types of apple snails, the first is the normal golden yellow with white flesh and the other is a more brownish yellow with light brown flesh.

    Does anyone have experience with these snails and plants? Thanks

    This is the normal apple snail
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    This is the brownish yellow apple snail
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    This is the brown mystery
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  2. Junne

    Junne Fishlore Legend Member

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    I have had mystery snails and none of them bothered my plants - but then again, I've always supplemented their diet of algae wafers, zucchini, squash and other veggies.
    I believe they WILL eat the dead plant matter though.....


    PS - what is the ph of your tank? Hard water? I would start them on veggies as well as maybe some other form of calcium. I can see cracks on the shell which means they may need more calcium.....
     

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    Yeah I always feed them zucchini etc. what types of mysteries have you had with plants junne?
     
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    Junne Fishlore Legend Member

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    You mean what colors? I've had Yellow, Blue, Black, Ivory, Purple, Magenta.
    My Yellow and Blue mated and had Yellow and Blue babies. The ones that survived ( they mostly got eaten by the fish when they were hatching ) were mostly yellow and a few blues. The others were strays I had gotten over the years. I no longer have any more though. My last one past away after living 2 + years.

    I now only keep Nerite snails. I have 12 nerites, 2 tigers, 2 zebras ( they are 2.5 yrs old ) and 4 bumblebee horned and the rest horned nerites.
     
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    I see.... So you don't have any experience of keeping brown wild type mysteries or apple snails with plants?
     
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    Junne Fishlore Legend Member

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    Sorry, Apple snails ( Pomacea canaliculata ) DO eat plants, Mystery snails do not
     
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    I have heard that brown mysteries will eat plants....
     
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    I don't think that the color makes it a different type of snail? Just a different color...
    So, I would go with APPLE snails eat plants, MYSTERY snails do not.

    :)

    Good luck!
     
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    Ok..... I will put all my blue mystery snails and brown mystery snails in the planted tank
     

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