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Do you always soak your GF's food?

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I'm curious about this because I've been reading through some of the threads on here, and I've seen some users say they do and others say they don't. I haven't been soaking my food so far (feeding Omega One sinking pellets, small size). Should I be soaking it? The fish doesn't seem floaty, but I've only seen him poop once since I bought him home... it was a normal one though, according to the guide on here.

Also, how much should I be feeding? So far I've only been doing a pinch twice a day. Is that enough?

Sorry for all the questions, but I'm a bit of a noob at this.

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I don't soak my food but then again the pellets I use are small and you should feed your goldfish as much as they can eat in a minute and fed a few times a day at least :)

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I don't feed any foods that float. But if I did I would.

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I always soak the pellets I feed my Goldfish so that it expands a bit before going into my fish instead of it expanding after they eat it.

 

Some people here weigh their fish and feed 1% of their weight in food divided into a few different meals a day.

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I use mostly floating pellets and I never soak them. If I were going to soak them, I would put them in a spoon, put in a little bit of water, wait until that was absorbed, add a bit more, and continue until they were mushy.

Drop in pellets, one or two at a time until your fish stops gobbling to chew. He has a mouthful. That's enough for a feeding. If your fish is tiny, you can repeat this several times a day. For a mature fish, once is enough, two times is better.

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I don't soak the Hikari Lionhead because it sinks immediately.  I do soak the NLS in a cup of tank water for a few seconds because it floats before it sinks.

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I feed Hikari Lionhead pellets and they're sinking so I don't soak them. Never had any problems. 

 

My goldies get fed four times a day, small meals. Morning, early afternoon, late afternoon, and night. :)

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I used to not soak my pellets, but now I do. I noticed my fish liked it better when it wasn't soaked, but they've gotten used to soaked pellets. I don't really notice a difference soaking them but it gives me more peace of mind so I soak them.

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I don't soak. 

 

Then again, I feed mainly gel food right now. This allows for better digestion since the food is already wet!

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Thanks for your replies everyone. I think I will avoid soaking unless he starts to have issues with constipation or floatiness. It seems he stops to chew his food after I give him about 8-10 pellets. Does that seem right, or is it too much/too little?

I think he is pretty young. His body is around 1 and 1/2 inches (just a guess) if you don't count his tail.

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I use high quality sinking pellets. Throw in a whole bunch at once. Don't soak them. Some of my fish do get floaty.

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Sort of, but only when I have the surface skimmer on. I put it into a 2 tbsp cup with water, stir it around, and it instantly sinks. I just don't want it getting sucked up and 1mm pellets tend to spread out. :)

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the only time i would soak the food is if it's a new brand. i would soak it to find out how much it expands. this will give me a good idea as to how much 'dry' food to drop into the tank for each feed. that said, after i determine this, i throw out the pre-soaked food and feed the dry foods. it's so easy to overfeed when you don't know what that food expands to when it's in the fish's belly.

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I always have some defrosted gel food in a cup in the frig so it's soft.  I have a little cup on top of my tank that I scoop up some water & drop the pellets in to soak for a little while. 

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Nope, I don't soak the paradigm herbivore because it softens up very quickly and isn't expand much, and I feed repashy super green, which obviously doesn't need soaking because it is gel.

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Just out of interest, this is Hikari Lionhead dry -

 

 

 

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and 5 minutes later after soaking it's doubled itself in size -

 

 

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I soak all my food and then throw out anything that floats because I have sneaky floaty-brand food that likes to parade around wearing the "I SINK 4 GOLDFISH" t-shirt which is just a lie!  :lol:

 

Sometimes I give the floaty stuff to my koi, who snarfs it up with gratitude.

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