I have a wonderful 15 gallon tank with an active community of fishes. Some would argue my tank is a little full, but it is also heavily planted and I'm good at checking & monitoring water chemistry in order to ensure that the population is happy. All my fish are active, even the Betta. My question regards an observation I recently made. My fish will follow my Cory's around in hopes of getting scraps disturbed from the bottom. Often times cellulose from the plants or plant matter.. All my fish excluding the Betta are omnivores, and I've witnessed members taking nips of plant debris. That being said, can I get away with just feeding the cats and betta? My betta eats catfish food/pellets. The other guys follow the cats regardless/ come to think of it, the betta does too. My ghost shrimp feed their tank mates with babies. I've seen minuscule shrimp get eaten by my tiniest of fish!
I'm thinking it might even get even easier for me to maintain the tank if I only have to drop a couple of catfish pellets and betta pellets. I've got 12 fish not counting inverts. 2 schools of 1in fish Neons & Raspboras; betta; and 2 cats (who are wonderfully starting to color up; I think I got them as babies) Corydoras Tilineatus