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Old 03-25-2012, 03:17 PM   #1 
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New Life Spectrum - Float or Sink?

I'm thinking about trying the NLS brand of Betta pellets when I get my next Betta. But I am wondering if they float or sink? >> I need to know if they float/sink after soaking for a few minutes. I always pre-soak my pellets.

If they sink I don't want to get them. I've never had luck with sinking Betta foods.

Also, does anyone have any suggestions for good -floating- pellets? Just in case I either cannot find these or they sink. ;)

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Old 03-25-2012, 04:17 PM   #2 
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NLS betta specific food tend to sink right away.. so does the Growth formula which is also a good quality food for bettas.
Omega One Betta Buffet is very good, on the same level of NLS, imo. They float long enough to be eaten.. they will sink if the water is disturbed too much- so I only feed one or two at a time to make sure that none sink.

Pre-soaking pellets are not needed and actually not recommended as processed fish food start to lose their nutrition and nutrients as soon as they hit the water- so soaking them before feeding is actually giving them less nutrition. Just thought I'd throw that out for you..
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Old 03-25-2012, 04:52 PM   #3 
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I pre-saok because I don't know how they can eat them when they are so hard and dry. I mean, they don't have teeth so I wonder how they can eat them without a pre-soak, especially the larger size pellets.

Do they not have a problem eating the larger dry pellets? Or any of the dry pellets without some sort of pre-soak?

Thanks for your help!
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:05 PM   #4 
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I pre-saok because I don't know how they can eat them when they are so hard and dry. I mean, they don't have teeth so I wonder how they can eat them without a pre-soak, especially the larger size pellets.

Do they not have a problem eating the larger dry pellets? Or any of the dry pellets without some sort of pre-soak?

Thanks for your help!

Actually they do have teeth and actually they are very sharp.
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:15 PM   #5 
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Yes! Bettas do have teeth. If you give your betta a hard pellet, you can hear him crunching down on it :)

While I'm in this thread, can you get NLS (for goldfish, specifically) at PetSmart/Petco. I was there the other day and didn't see any.
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:35 PM   #6 
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I have NLS pellets for one of my finicky bettas, and they mostly float long enough for him to eat them. I usually toss in 3-4 at a time, and one might start to sink, but he often gets it on the way down. I wouldn't pre-soak them - they're so microscopically tiny that any reasonably grown betta can chomp them down easily. The rest of mine eat PetSmart brand TopFin, which also have a nice high protein content. Those are bigger (about 3X the size of NLS) and they float pretty much forever until the fish finds them. All 7 of my bettas eat the TopFin with no problems, and you can hear them crunching them (3 pellets twice a day). The one that gets NLS just prefers the smaller pellets so I spoil him (4-6 pellets twice a day).
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:00 PM   #7 
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they do chew their food but if your bettas having problems eating i would just crush them or try to break them in half with your thumb nail (antione is TINY and i had to do this with his food before hed start eating... even now i can only feed him the smaller pellets)
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:29 AM   #8 
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Heh! I can't wait to hear a fish chewing. he he! Thank you all for the help. :)
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It is pretty cute :P
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Old 03-26-2012, 03:21 PM   #10 
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I'm excited to try NLS myself, my packaged will be available tomorrow. I got the grow formula to try (50% protein!). I believe it's small (.5mm) and semi floating?
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