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Question Betta pellets - to soak or not to soak

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I currently have a 5 gallon cycling in my cubicle at work. I plan on adding a betta of some sort to the tank once the cycle is finished.

With my previous betta fish, I always soaked their pellets for five minutes or so before feeding, and fed frozen or live foods several times a week. Recently I have read in a few different locations that you shouldn't soak dry fish food, because it leaches out the vitamins and minerals, which would make sense. Unfortunately, adding frozen and live food isn't going to be possible with the tank being located at the office. There was an issue with some of my more squeamish co-workers when they found my pack of frozen blood worms in the break room freezer and an email was sent out from HR strongly suggesting their removal.

The betta-suitable office-approved foods I currently have on hand are Atison's Betta PRO, Northfin Bug Pro, and one of those freeze-dried multi packs that contains bloodworms, daphnia, and mysis shrimp. I may or may not purchase some NLS Bettae or NLS Grow formula and/or Dennerle Betta Booster to add to the rotation. I know for a fact that I am going to have to soak the freeze dried foods before feeding them, but should I continue to soak the pellets? Do I need to add one of those liquid multivitamins to the soaking water to compensate if so?

Also, to head off any concerns, the tank has a heater, and a filter I am working on getting properly baffled, maintenance knows not to touch my desk other than to empty the garbage can so it will not be "cleaned" with chemicals, and the food is going to be locked in my file cabinate at night/over the weekend so nobody will get the chance to overfeed him/her and/or pollute the water.
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I don't think a significant amount of nutrients would leach out of the food by soaking it. Also, the benefits of soaking the food (such as preventing bloating/constipation) would outweigh any loss of nutrients/vitamins. 5 minutes is kind of a long time so I guess a good compromise would be to only soak it for a minute or so. I'm glad you're taking the proper precautions for keeping a betta in the office. Does it also have a lid? That would be the only other concern I'd have.


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I find almost all betta pellets are too big for my betta...I just feed mine tetra granules and flakes...

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I had bettas for years and never soaked the pellets. Never had a problem with this that I can recall. Freeze dried bloodworms I would break off a tiny piece and throw it in without soaking. Maybe I was doing it wrong all those years! But it seemed to rehydrate instantly.
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Yes, it does also have a hood, and the (rather large) feeding hole has a cover fastened over it.

Thanks for the input everyone!
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I crush two pellets with a tool against the inside lid of the pellet container (like a makeshift mortar and pestle) before I give them to a betta. That way if the pellets expand they'll still be small, because a soaked pellet (unsmashed) looks too big for my betta.

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Sounds like your office mates need to lighten up.

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Unfortunately, adding frozen and live food isn't going to be possible with the tank being located at the office. There was an issue with some of my more squeamish co-workers when they found my pack of frozen blood worms in the break room freezer and an email was sent out from HR strongly suggesting their removal.
Put them in a non-see-through container or a lunch box inside the freezer. Mark it 'anchovy hummus' or something.

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I try to expand my bettas pallet however his favorite is the betta pellets. Eats them whole. He will eat some flake, eats some frozen blood worms but his favorite is the pellets. Well that and baby shrimp/fish if he could get them.

I do minimize how many he eats at once. Only feed him 3 or 4 pellets day on pellet days.
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