I have tried several brands and this one does not soften that fast. My clown loaches love them, since they seem to like hard food. Recomended for clown loaches. My Yoyo (pakistani) loaches and even platys go after them. Will not cloud your water like other i have tried. They sink fast so they don't float around, so for me this was very good. My loaches wake up and wait for pellets. This is a product i will continue to buy it and recommend it.