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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
 

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yeah, they follow the corrys. It is Like they had a group discussion and agreed that the Corrys were the finders and the rest (the other species of fish) would just eat scraps that the corrys disturbed. The betta takes what it wants though. I think it's an interesting symbiotic relationship. It was established amazingly fast too! They others are not scavenging as following and waiting.

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Yeah. I've had my current betta for over 6 months now, and to tell you the truth, MY BETTA, has always been good about keeping the bottom of his tank clean, whether or not there exist any other fish. I also suspect that MY BETTA has a good sense of smell. I've seen him hunt down hiding pellets with quick accuracy. Smell is the only thing I could think of because he swims to the area and then starts looking.(yes sometimes he watches the pellet fall, but not every time) If this is indeed the case than darkness will not protect Cory fish food!!!! Maybe against the small fish, but THEY can only eat scraps anyway. My betta can eat an entire disc, hard or soft; and THE BETTA don't care if he's just been fed pellets! This is going to get interesting! For the time being; all fish appear quite happy.... and slightly round after feedings.

I'm just wondering if I still need to buy FISH specific food or just feed all the guys flakes and throw in a freeze dried worm once in a while...... I mean if the BETTA is going to eat everything, WHAT IS THE POINT??? Right?!
 
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