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Old 07-24-2012, 12:33 PM   #1 
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Soaking pellets detrimental?

Is unsoaked pellets contributing to bloat really an urban myth? I was reading a nutrition article by the creator of New Life Spectrum, and he believes it's detrimental to presoak pellets. Should I stop unless they refuse to eat pellets dry?

"Another common mistake by some hobbyists is to pre-soak their pellets, in the misguided belief that this will aid in digestion and prevent swelling of the pellets inside the fishes gut. This is nothing more than an urban myth created by those that simply do not understand the amount of enzymes and gastric acids that are released by most fish when they consume food. Those hard pellets turn into soft mush in a very short period of time! If a pellet food causes gastrointestinal issues in a fish, it will usually be due to the use of poorly digestible ingredients, such as excessive amounts of grains and grain by-products, not from the food swelling up inside the fish's stomach. Most importantly, when you pre-soak pellet food, you are allowing nutrients and water-soluble vitamins and minerals to leach out into the water."
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:03 PM   #2 
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New Life is always correct... Even has best food!! Presoaking the pellets do make the nutrients leach out. I never suggest that. Please don't soak the pellets. Your Betta wouldn't get those nutrients he needs to stay strong! ;)
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:03 PM   #3 
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Hi !!! I can only tell you my opinion. This nutrition article's argument sounds very serious and solid. I would comply with it.
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:20 PM   #4 
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This is correct, when I first became a member OFL and some other members told me soaking removed nutrients.
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:03 PM   #5 
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I second teeney. OFL recently said something in another thread.
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