Are you wondering if Endler’s Livebearers will eat snails? Would you like to keep them together, but avoid a snail apocalypse? In this article, we’ll find out if snails will survive or be eaten by Endler’s Livebearers.
Will Endlers Eat Snails? Endlers are not going to eat full sized snails. Baby snails and snail eggs may get eaten, but if you keep your Endlers well fed, they can coexist peacefully.
What Do Endler Fish Eat?
Endler’s livebearers are omnivores and love to eats insects and larvae in their natural habitat located in northern South America. These tropical freshwater fish are found in shallow streams where it’s easy to eat:
- plant matter
- small insects
If you would like to keep endlers in your tank, offer them the following foods:
- brine shrimp
- shelled peas
Every type of food you offer should be crushed down to tiny bits in order for your endlers to devour them. If there are many leftovers that sink to the substrate, you may notice a growing population of snails.
Can Endlers And Snails Live Together?
Snails are great at cleaning up debris in your tank. They are a peaceful and welcome addition to most community tanks. Endlers cannot fit most snails into their mouths. Some snail species procreate quickly and spread all across your tank.
Endlers are not interested in snails for the most part. They can get curious with young snails or snail eggs. They may try to eat them if you are not feeding them their favorite foods with a variety of meaty proteins, flakes, pellets and vegetables.
Which Snails Can I Keep With Endlers?
There are over 40,000 types of snails in the world. We can try to narrow it down to our 5 favorite snails to keep with your endlers:
- Ramshorn snails
- Assassin snails
- Nerite snails
- Golden Mystery snails
- Black Devil snails
1. Ramshorn Snails
Ramshorn snails will brighten up the substrate with their red, blue and silver colors. Make sure to prevent them from spreading their population too much if they don’t have any predators.
Shiny red Ramshorn snails are our personal favorites because of how they make your gravel or sand more vibrant.
2. Assassin Snails
Assassin snails like to be the only species of snails that survive in your tank. They will actively pursue other snails and control their population. They will leave your endlers alone and vice versa.
3. Nerite Snails
Nerite snails are popular in many freshwater aquariums. They are great algae eaters and tank cleaners. The best part is that they will not reproduce in freshwater because they need salty or brackish water to do so.
4. Golden Mystery Snails
Golden Mystery snails liven up a tank with their bright golden color. They are peaceful and will not disturb your marine life which includes your endlers. Try to keep their population under control because they grow up to 3 inches and take up more space than endlers.
5. Black Devil Snails
Black Devil snails cover much ground, remain active and do a great job at cleaning a tank. If your gravel is dark, they will blend in well and go unnoticed by your endlers. Some of your plants may get nibbled by these hungry snails that grow between 2-3 inches.
Can Endlers Eat Snails?
It is uncommon to find endlers attempting to eat snails. Sometimes you may see your endlers making contact with a snail’s shell.
Your endlers might discover diatoms, algae bits or other edible debris that is stuck on the snail’s shell and they may try to nibble it off. Endlers may group together and discover baby snails or snail eggs.
If they are curious or hungry enough, they’ll look to fit them into their small mouths with some success. Snails multiply rapidly and a few eggs or babies being eaten by endlers or other fish in your tank will not be so terrible.
Can I Feed Snails To My Endlers?
The protective shell of a snail would make it very difficult to become the next meal for your endlers. You may have to crush them, but it’s best to remove the shells because they release extra ammonia into the tank. Remove the snails and cut their meat into tiny pieces.
Your endlers may develop a taste for snails and with time, they may pursue more baby snails or snail eggs as a result. Focus mostly on crushed flakes as their staple diet and introduce a variety of meaty or veggie food sources 2-3 times a week.
Can Snails Eat Endlers?
Snails will not be able to catch a fast moving endler. If an endler is sick, dying or already deceased, the body could be consumed by these opportunistic scavengers. It’s best to discourage this by removing the endler that has died.
Keep in mind that some snail species like Mystery snails can grow large enough to eat small fish. They may have to group together to attack an injured, stressed, sick or dead endler.
This should not be much of a concern. Snails and endlers occupy different spaces in your tank and they shouldn’t get in each other’s way.
Can Endlers Reduce The Snail Population?
Loaches and cichlids will do a better job at hunting down and eating snails. An endler will not help you control the overpopulation of snails. If you would like to bring down their numbers or eradicate them completely, the following suggestions may interest you:
- Snail traps
- Snail killing chemicals
- No Leftovers
- Assassin snails
- Tank cleaning
You can purchase snail traps and chemicals to kill them in most pet stores with fish. Keep in mind that copper based chemicals to kill snails may also harm your fish. We would recommend snail traps over chemicals every single time.
If you see that your endlers are not eating all of their food, you need to remove the leftovers before your snails eat them and multiply. Assassin snails will hunt down other snails. A tank cleanup and vacuuming the substrate will also be helpful to remove the snail population.
Snails are safe with Endler’s Livebearers. Baby snails or snail eggs may get eaten, but if you have enough hiding spaces, plenty of varied foods for endlers and enough room in your tank, they will mind their own business and leave each other alone.
Thanks for visiting Helpusfish.com and see you next time for another article on snails, Endler’s livebearers and many other types of marine life that interests you. Bye for now!