Purp skirt is the star of the show, no doubt. I was hoping for a small snail so that the line on the shell from changing water conditions would be quick to be absorbed and then you’ve got a show snail that is just stunning! The most purple I’ve seen. Deep and mysterious. Much to my happiness, the snail was very small, and super lively!! Incredibly long feelers, longer than my muuuuch larger and years older mystery I’ve got in my betta tank. Purp Skirt (what I named him/her) is helping maintain a shrimp tank that’s finishing up its cycle (no shrimps yet) but for now is the clear star of the show. It’s grown SO much since I got it so I know it’s doing well in the fully planted setup. (RO water remineralized with SaltyShrimp Gh+/Kh+ to 300ppm)
As for the partner snail? The Zebra is a machine!! It’s cleared up a fake log in my betta tank that hasn’t looked that good since I bought it. The giant mystery snail or the seemingly thousands of mini rams horns don’t seem to do much for it, but lil zebra is a non stop muncher. Slowly cruising all the time, day or night. Not interested in algea wafers or the various other foods I’ve offered like blanched cucumber, hikari crab sticks, sinking bottom feeder tabs etc. the zebra is unlike the 3 lightning bolt snails I got from here also. I thought that it was just the shell patterns that were different but their shells built differently and act *totally differently. The zebra moves around all the time day or night, never stays near the surface. The lightning bolts are very shy and like to hide, they don’t move if the “sun” is out, and I’m not sure if the same ones or they rotate out, but they seem to prefer to sleep outside of the water? The underside of the glass lid or back corner above the waterline is where I’ll usually find one every day while the others are very well hidden amongst the plants or may even push decor to get under it. Cool shells, those lightning bolts, but the Zebra is clearly a superior nerite snail compared to the lightning bolts as far as attitude, not wanting to escape, and general activity.
Super pleased with the purchase. That purple is just amazing!!! 😍