Feeding your Endlers is not a hard process as they are quite easy to care for. Over the past few years we have been experimenting with several kinds of food for our Endlers and their fry.
What we feed our Endlers changes from time to time depending on what is available. In a small town our choices are limited locally so we get most of our food for our Endlers online.
High Quality Flake Food
The main food our Endlers get is a high quality flake food. We switch brands from time to time but try to buy the best foods available. Endlers seem to prefer a general tropical fish flake food or a food that is specifically made for guppies.
Most flake food is much too big for our Endlers and their fry. For this reason we like to crush the food to a size that the Endlers like.
Flake food crushed to this small powdery size works well for the adult Endlers as well as the fry.
Crushed flake food that it is much more concentrated. Use much less food than you would normally feed your fish to avoid overfeeding.
Feeding your fish small amounts of food several times a day is ideal. Try not to feed your Endlers more they can eat in a couple of minutes.
We have tried feeding our Endler fry baby brine shrimp in the past. Raising brine shrimp is more of a hassle than we would like and we gave it up.
Adult Endlers will eat Frozen adult brine shrimp however not as readily as crushed flake food. We also have some concerns about the nutritional value of frozen brine shrimp.
If you have the ability and patients to raise brine shrimp you will find that baby brine shrimp are eagerly taken by Endlers.
Cyclops, commonly called water fleas, available canned are ready to feed adult Endlers. We found Zoo Med® Can O’ Cyclops to be quite palatable to our adult Endlers and it is very affordable.
The biggest problem we found when using O’ Cyclops is that each can contains more food than the typical hobbyist can use before the contents spoil.
Leftovers may be frozen in flattened bags or small cubes for later use.
One of the latest foods we have been testing is Golden Pearls in the 200-300 microns size. Our Adult Endlers and larger fry seem to love these.
Marketed as a baby brine shrimp alternative, these small granules pack a lot of nutrition in a small space.
Our fish seem to be healthier and grow faster when we mix Golden Pearls into our crushed flake food.
Endlers will eat pellet food if the food is small enough for them to eat. We occasionally use New Life Spectrum® small fish formula however we find that Endlers prefer the crushed flake food.
Try feeding your Endlers Spirulina powder mixed in crushed flake food as we do. It is a natural probiotic and provides high nutrition. Use only small amounts mixed in their food to prevent contamination of the water.
We don’t clean the nice green algae that develops on the back or sides of the tank very often. Endlers should be fed small amounts several times a day. Providing fresh algae for Endlers is a great way to provide food for them when you can’t be there.
Algae can even help provide a food source while you are away for a short period of time such as a weekend or a short vacation.
Feeding Your Endlers Live Food
We avoid feeding our fish most live food due to the risk of parasites and disease.
Raising brine shrimp is more trouble than we care to deal with.
Vinegar Eels may be a good food for adult Endlers due to the small size. We haven’t tried them yet.
Frozen or Dried Food
Frozen or dried Bloodworms and Tubiflex worms are too big for most of the Endlers to eat quickly and efficiently.
Feeding Endler Fry
We have found New Life Spectrum® Small Fry Starter to be an excellent choice for feeding newborn Endler fry.
Finely crushed flake food is also eagerly take by young fry.
When our Endler fry get a little larger we feed them a combination of crushed flake food and Golden Pearls.
Feeding Your Endlers While Away From Home
Endlers can go a couple of weeks living only on the microscopic organisms and algae. These microscopic foods grow naturally in your aquarium. Microscopic organisms can provide enough food for a few days as long as the tank is not overpopulated.
Overfeeding your fish prior to leaving them for a while is likely to do more harm than good.
Automatic feeders could be a great alternative if it is reliable and can dispense the food properly.