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How big do mystery snails get...?

Mine has visible growth every day! He was about the size of a penny when we got him (2 weeks ago?), now he's bigger than a quarter!

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His growth will slow a little bit. The biggest one I currently have is about golf ball size; I've had him about 8 months & he doesn't seem to be growing anymore or if he is its very slow growth.
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Mine is about the size of a golfball too and I've had him for about five months, but when we got him he was about the size yours is now :D Great little creatures, aren't they?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APAgL9VxyZE
^ That's one example. My Honey is maybe about an inch so far, her foot something over an inch. So I'm excited to see how big she'll get.

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OMG THAT'S HUGE!!!!

o.o

monster snails, lol.

Btw my snails antennas never come out and he always moves under his shell, is that normal?

I think the female Betta he was originally with traumatized him :C

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OMG THAT'S HUGE!!!!

o.o

monster snails, lol.

Btw my snails antennas never come out and he always moves under his shell, is that normal?

I think the female Betta he was originally with traumatized him :C
I share your experience :( My one Betta kept biting off the antennae on my Mystery, Estabon, and it took him MONTHS to actually put them out in Atlas' tank when I moved him. Give it some time and he should be okay :D

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Keep in mind that that is an APPLE snail. NOT a mystery snail. Lol. My mystery snails are noticeably larger than they used to be.


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I thought they were the same thing...


Anyway, what should I feed him? I'm currently giving him half an algae wafer every night, is that enough? Can I give him like some cucumber to mix it up here and there?

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kinda sorta. the same but different?

Are mystery snails also apple snails? Or are they different types of snails?
A: In some sources the name apple snail and mystery snail are considered to be synonyms for the snails of the family Ampullariidae. The name apple snail refers to there size, colour and form, while the name mystery snail comes from the fact that the aquarium market didn't know what kind of snail it was or where it came from, so it was a mystery (snail) for them.
In other sources, the mystery snails are described as snails from the family Viviparidae. The snails from this family look very similar to the snails from the family Ampullariidae, but they do lack a lung and labial tentacles and are livebearing snails (hence the name Viviparidae).
Most snails sold as 'mystery snails' in the shops are Pomacea diffusa snails.

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I thought they were the same thing...


Anyway, what should I feed him? I'm currently giving him half an algae wafer every night, is that enough? Can I give him like some cucumber to mix it up here and there?
My Estabon is huge, and the tank has very little algae, so I give him one or two wafers a day and two teeny ones. I used to give him cucumber, but it always left the tank FILTHY and he never even ate it :/ So I would suggest algae and the wafers and getting live plants if you don't already have them :D

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