Mystery snail shells green, help?

Maddie Dalsing

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My three mystery snail shells look like they have algae growing in the lines and I’ve used a toothbrush and it’s really on them.
Is there a way to get them clean and pristine again?
I do use calcium supplements in the tank
Cuttlebone, calcium liquid, blanched zucchini sometimes and algae wafers
 

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Hi and welcome to the forum :)

It's just algae so I wouldn't bother trying to clean it off. It's camouflage for them :)
 
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But how does PetSmart and other fish businesses keep their snails completely algae free?
 

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Put them in a tank without light and the algae dies off. Have lots of snails in the tank and they crawl over each other and clean the algae off their shells.
 

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But how does PetSmart and other fish businesses keep their snails completely algae free?
My guess is they have them there at the store for only a short time before selling them. I had two golden mystery snails and I have seen them go over the each others shell. I wasn't sure if they were cleaning or mating.???? I have now separated them since they were attacking my plants.:mad: I bought them 2 months or so ago from Petco and no algae on them so far. Have you looked on-line for how to safely clean them? That or try what Colon_T said.
 

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I think they look really cute with the algae lines, gives them a real rustic look

I have 3 little bristle noses in my plant tank with have MS and MTS. They love giving them a quick clean over in their travels around the tank throughout the day.
 
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