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Should I be feeding my fish and inverts?

My 2 otto's are fat and pooping and eating Diatoms. I assume my cherries are eating something in there... I tried feeding them algea wafers and blanched lettuce, but the ottos ignore it. The cherries it it a little bit. I havn't fed in like... a week and a half or so...

Do cherries eat fish poop?
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You have to always remember the rule no fish or inverts eat poop or else everyone will start buying that type of fish or invert.
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ive seen my ghost shrimp eat poop before. i was disgusted
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my dog used to eat poop
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My Dog used to clean out the catbox for me Although it did gross me out! I have also seen my Ghosts eat fish waste. I'm sure that's not all they eat, maybe just didn't notice it was poop before he eat almost all of it... LOL!
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anyway...

Should I add a tiny amount of flakes every other day or something?
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You have to always remember the rule no fish or inverts eat poop or else everyone will start buying that type of fish or invert.
Amen. Apparently the widespread belief that there are some "magical" fish that will eat other fishes' waste and keep the tank "clean" just won't die. I've heard it many times myself, often accompanied by the belief that purchasing said fish will free the fishkeeper from the responsibility of cleaning the tank themselves.

While the cherries might seem to eat fish poop, I think they're really just picking out whatever the fish can't digest. Probably not the best diet all around.

Are otos and cherries the only things in the tank? If so, I would still recommend putting in a bit of flake food for the cherries. Mine seem to love the stuff to no end. Also spirulina wafers.
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My cherries and otos maul the blanched zucchini I put in my tank. If you don't want to worry about all of the flakes not being eaten, toss in a slice of zucchini and pull the uneaten part out 4 or 5 hours later.

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I'll get some zucchini and start feeding the shrimp.

the shrimp and otto's are the only things in there.
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I think I need to start buying fresh veggies because I never catch any of my bottom dwelling fish eating the wafers I buy for them I've tried shrimp pellets, algae wafers, and those hikari wafers made for loaches and cories. I see my loaches nibble at the shrimp pellets but Im afraid that nothing on the bottom is getting a decent meal but, then again they're still alive so who knows.

Im gonna take Solstice's advice and pick up some fresh veggies later on tonight. Im sure the other fish would like it as well.


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