Will Endlers Eat Shrimp? (Can They Coexist?}

Do you want to keep Endlers and shrimp together in the same tank? Will these shrimp get devoured by your Endlers? In this article, we’ll find out if Endlers and shrimp can coexist.

Will Endlers Eat Shrimp? If your Endlers can fit baby or juvenile shrimp into their mouths, they can and will be eaten. You can prepare your tank with plenty of cover and plants for your shrimp to hide. Brine shrimp is commonly fed to Endlers. Adult shrimp and Endlers are peaceful tankmates. 

Can you Keep Endlers and Shrimp Together?

The short answer to this question is yes. Endlers and shrimp could be excellent tankmates. The problem lies with baby shrimp that are small enough to easily fit into the mouths of endlers. Your shrimp population will decrease over time until you don’t see new ones being reproduced.

Once your endlers develop a taste for shrimp, they will pursue the substrate or planted areas to find them and eat them. The baby shrimp are defenseless without enough hiding spaces.

How Do Keep Shrimp With Endlers?

If you want to make sure your shrimp and endlers get along and thrive in the same tank, please try to follow these steps below:

  • Shrimp go in first
  • Provide cover and shelter
  • More plants
  • Get more shrimp food
  • Balance out their numbers

Shrimp First

Always make sure the tank is cycled and ready for any marine life. Place your shrimp in first. This allows them the time and space to find their spots, build their colony and thrive. During this time, baby shrimp will grow and become too large to be consumed by their future tankmates.

Provide Cover and Shelter

Moss, caves, decorations and driftwood could become safe zones for baby shrimp to develop unnoticed. They need protection from endlers or any other fish in the tank that would gladly consume them.

More Plants Please

The plants not only provide cover, they allow for both species to spawn, hide from larger tankmates and rest. Plants provide dissolved oxygen to help baby shrimp and endler fry to develop quickly. The following plants would be suitable for both species:

  • Java moss
  • Java fern
  • Dwarf lily
  • Guppy grass
  • Water wisteria

Shrimp Food

Your shrimp won’t have enough to eat in the substrate if your endlers get to it before anything reaches the substrate. Plant matter, biofilm and debris are not going to be enough in this community tank. You can easily find sinking flakes or pellets meant for your shrimp to get the nourishment they need to grow quickly.

Balance Your Endlers and Shrimp

Too many endlers will result in a dwindling shrimp population. They will work together to hunt your baby shrimp before they get a chance to develop. Breed your baby shrimp separately until they are big enough to coexist with your endlers.

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Will Endlers Ignore Shrimp?

It’s common for shrimp to stay out of the way. They will be busy eating debris or algae down below and your endlers will be busy in their hierarchical groups.

Shrimp will get easily stressed if they have nowhere to hide and nothing to do. The cover you provide is crucial to leaving them alone and getting them out of sight. This way, your endlers will have better things to do than hunt what they cannot see.

What Is The Best Food For Endlers?

As with most marine life, the common advice is to vary their diets. Endlers will enjoy a variety of foods as omnivores. You can rotate frozen, live, free-dried or packaged and bottled foods all week. Consider the following meals:

  • brine shrimp
  • bloodworms
  • grindal worms
  • tubifex
  • larvae
  • daphnia
  • flakes
  • micro pellets
  • spinach 
  • kale
  • broccoli
  • peas

Your endlers will most likely prefer meaty foods over vegetarian options. Both are vital to their development. If they are receiving enough carnivorous meals, they will not be as inclined to hunt down baby shrimp that may live in the same tank.

Should I Keep Shrimp Separate From Endlers?

Endlers are easy to care for and do not get too aggressive with other species. They may develop a taste for anything that is live and can fit into their mouths. Asking them to leave baby shrimp alone is a tall task.

It’s best to stock larger shrimp such as Amano shrimp or full sized adults in many varieties. These shrimp will cause no issue with your endlers. They will occupy different zones and will not pose a threat to each others.

Endlers may eat up anything that is meant for shrimp before it reaches the substrate. If you have young shrimp that need to develop, it’s best to separate them of provide stealth hiding places for them to hide from any tankmates.

We like to feed endlers brine shrimp for protein. They love it too. Once we begin doing this, they may notice the baby shrimp who are straddling the substrate taste the same. If these baby shrimp aren’t able to hide or grow in another tank, they will surely be eaten if they are caught by your endlers.


We suggest that you keep adult shrimp with endlers. They can coexist in large tanks with plenty of cover, decorations and planted areas. Young shrimp may hide out of sight and grow naturally to a size that becomes too large for your endlers to fit into their mouths. If you are trying to breed your shrimp, it’s best to do so in a separate breeding tank.


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Brian Arial

Brian Arial has kept fish for leisure and worked with fish stores for most of his life. He enjoys writing and caring for aquariums and ponds.

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