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Old 09-19-2010, 03:40 PM   #1 
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Question Please help! soaking pellets

I've heard that if you feed your betta pellets you need to soak them in water, or they will swell up in the fish's belly and make him/her sick. is this true? if so, do I need to use bottled/conditioned water, or just tap water? how long should I soak them? thank you for your help!
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Old 09-19-2010, 04:48 PM   #2 
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I have the floating pellets and they swelled up even before the fish noticed them. I am curious as well to how to presoak.
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Old 09-19-2010, 06:28 PM   #3 
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Yes! This is true.

I just take a plastic spoon (I use the same one each day) and a small dish. Take a teaspoon of water from the tank, put it in the dish and then just add the pellets. I wait for about two-three minutes or until they're soft. (:

I didn't soak mine the first couple days and Nettle was very bloated, but now that I do he barely bloats at all.
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Old 09-19-2010, 07:14 PM   #4 
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On another note, if your betta stops eating pellets for any reason like distaste or just generally disinterested, you could soak them in freshly crushed garlic juice. :) Not only does it give them a nice taste, but it's a natural anti-parasitic.
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Old 09-19-2010, 07:25 PM   #5 
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Can they overdose on garlic juice? I mean, is there an optimum amount?
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Old 09-19-2010, 07:40 PM   #6 
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I don't think so. OFL soaks her pellets all the time and recommends it to others but never specifies how much, so I don't believe you can OD on garlic juice. :p
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Old 09-19-2010, 07:47 PM   #7 
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thanks everyone! i will make sure to soak pellets from now on!
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Old 09-20-2010, 01:08 PM   #8 
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Woohoo Sam ate his first pellet!! I pushed it a bit in the water so it was moving and he did a fairly good shark impression and gobbled it up. Since they like live food I thought maybe if the pellet was moving it might look more "food" like. So he's had a bloodworm and a pellet. Is that enough for today or should I try another pellet later?
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Old 09-20-2010, 01:30 PM   #9 
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I have been using the Hikari Betta Bio-Gold pellets for years, and I have never presoaked them. My bettas have always done fine with these pellets, and they really do enhance their color. My bettas are faily large, so I feed them four pellets twice a day, so a total of eight pellets every day.
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Old 09-20-2010, 01:36 PM   #10 
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Yea u should always soak ur pellets, all drie food for that matter should be soaked. Freeze dried bloodworms should be rehydrated (I'm soaking bloodworms for my puppie's now, I can't beleive I forgot Jet's birthday), if not it will cause bloat..and if never soaked over time will affect ur bettas system, I never knew that with my first betta and by the time I knew he was already too far gone to fix.
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