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I'm pretty sure this doesn't go here, but I wasn't sure where else to ask. A few weeks ago, I noticed these oldy colored common snails. Or what I thought was a common snail. Upon closer inspection, I found that their shells are jet black, with gold polka dots. I have searched the internet and found no mention of these old snails.
Has anyone else seen them, or do you have them?

Oh and I found an Albino common snail in my tank this afternoon, when I did my daily tank inspection (seach for my newly introduced RCS, check on my plants, ect.). Could there be something wrong with my water? Or are these new inhabitants normal?
 

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Well I wish I knew, but I've never heard of that type of snail before. I do know that my fiance flipped out when I told him that they are black and gold...he's a HUGE Saints fan *r2

Where did you see them?
 

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The gold is even kind of sparkly. There are several of them in my seventy-five. It's rather newly established, but some of the rocks and some drift wood, ect. came from other tanks. They are very amazing to look at, it seriously looks like someone painted their shells, but i'm sure no one has.
 

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Did you ever buy any nerite snails? But I would doubt that they would reproduce in fresh, the eggs need brackish to salt to hatch.

There may not be enough calcium in your water and that will cause snails to discolor and turn white. But not black with gold spots.
 

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I've never purchased snails. Most of them came from my boyfriend's tank. We switched my 55 for his 30 before I moved in with him and now everything is snaily. Even our new 75, that started two months ago with one of each snail.
 

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My snails are close to that picture, but there is more black to it. I was also thinking it might just be a mutation.

Ahhh run. Attack of mutated snails! lol jk
 

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I have a jar full of anacharis that I keep outdoors. I decided to clean some of the water out today and noticed a ton of snails sitting everywhere. I don't know how they got there but possibly came from the koi pond where I purchased the water plants.

Are these common pond snails? I noticed that mine are black with metallic gold spots just as the OP described her snails to be. First time seeing such snails. I searched all over the internet but couldn't find any info.




 
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