Mystery Snails will do perfectly fine with no fish in the aquarium. They can live as a single snail, with other Mystery Snails, and/or with invertebrates such as peaceful Dwarf Shrimp that would do well in basic/alkaline water (Cherry Shrimp, Blue Pearl Shrimp, Snowball Shrimp, Tiger Shrimp, Yellow Shrimp,...
Best answer: Mystery Snails will do perfectly fine with no fish in the aquarium. They can live as a single snail, with other Mystery Snails, and/or with invertebrates such as peaceful Dwarf Shrimp that would do well in basic/alkaline water (Cherry Shrimp, Blue Pearl Shrimp, Snowball Shrimp, Tiger Shrimp, Yellow Shrimp, etc.)
A 5-10 gallon aquarium should work just fine. They absolutely will need a filter, and would do best with a heater as well. They should also have an aquarium hood/lid with no gaps, as they sometimes will climb out of a tank. There should also be a gap of a couple inches between the surface of the water and the aquarium lid. Like with fish, the snails should have weekly partial water changes.
Mystery Snails and other ornamental snails also require a pH of 7.0 or higher. In water with a pH below that their shell will start to erode, and they will eventually die. If you don't have that type of pH already you can put crushed coral or aragonite sand in a filter bag in the filter to raise the pH or use limestone or seiryu seki stone as decor to help raise the pH and hardness of the water.
The snails will also require a calcium supplement, such as unflavored cuttlebone, for shell maintenance and growth. The unflavored cuttlebone sold at pet stores for birds will work just fine, just break off a piece about the size of a thumb and place it in the tank. It might float at first, so you can partially wedge it under decor until it is waterlogged.
Mystery Snails are omnivores, so should have a sinking food meant for omnivores. They don't eat much, 1/4 of a omnivore wafer per snail every other day should be adequate feeding. They will also take blanched vegetables as treats, you can feed those a couple of times a week. Blanched zucchini is a favorite. Other options include blanches peas, broccoli stems, and romaine lettuce. Just make sure to remove any uneaten vegetables before 48 hours have elapsed so the vegetables don't rot and hurt the water quality.
I've never noticed a preference in my Mystery Snails for types of plants, honestly. So you can basically put in whatever types of plants appeal to you.
Some easy ones that will work in a 10 gallon include: Java Fern, Anubias, most mosses, Dwarf African Water Fern, Marsilea species, Cryptocoryne species.
Some moderate care ones that would work with a nutrient rich substrate, moderate lighting, and fertilizer include: Amazon Frogbit, Ludwigia species, Water Sprite, Wisteria, Pennywort, Dwarf Lily, Dwarf Sagittaria, Hornwort, Bacopa species.
If you want to include high maintenance plants with a gaseous CO2 supplement, further fertilization, and high lighting in addition to the good substrate you could grow high maintenance plants like: Glosso, Dwarf Hair Grass, Riccia, and Downoi.
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