Is this true or do you just sprinkle the food on top of the water and don't soak first?
I soak Brine shrimp. I don't soak Blood Worms, Tubifex worms, Flakes or Shrimp Tablets. My top feeders wouldn't like it very much if I soaked the flakes as that's the only food, currently, they can eat without fighting my Barbs.
It does mention soaking dry food as part of prevention but it doesn't seem like a major risk. After reading it I still won't soak my flakes but it's good to know about.
I always soak my pellets no matter what fish I'm feeding, even if it may not play a major role in swim bladder disease, why not prevent it anyways , it only takes max 5 min to soak pellets.
anyways my fish all seem to prefer it soaked vs dry, I have fed them dry it the past when I was really in a rush and they just spit it out, but when soaked they eat every single bit of it.
flakes I don't soak, I just take a pinch put my finger under water and rub together. I don't like to just sprinkle on top of water because your fish will be gulping a lot of air.
I first throw some unsoaked flakes in (you don't have to but I have a half blind platy that learned to survive by only eating on the surface). And then I pinch the flakes and put them in the water. After a few seconds, I let go to feed the fish that don't like to come up to eat. My fish don't really care if it is soaked or floating on the surface but my tetra seem to ignore them if its floating.
I personally pinch flakes under the water then slowly release. I had a betta who ended up with digestive issues, including bloat. The bloat went away with fasting and stayed away when I started to soak the pellets before feeding. For me preventative measures are a good thing.