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Old 05-07-2007, 02:35 PM   #11
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I tried soaking flake food in garlic for my freshwater tank last night. If the flakes sat in the garlic for more than 30-45 seconds it would break up and get mushy as roka said. However, when I mixed the flakes and garlic for 10 seconds or so the flake food stayed pretty stable and it seemed to have soaked up a little of the garlic. I can't say whether it increased their appeitite or not since they always eat well, but maybe the scent of the garlic in the water near the food will help after you pour in the flakes. The scent alone in the water works with my Eel. If I want him to come out to show friends/family, I simply need to pour a LITTLE garlic guard in my sump and he will come out looking for food once the pump sucks it into the tank.
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is it true that the garlic helps strenghten the fishes ammune system? or somthing like that?
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Old 05-18-2007, 03:46 PM   #13
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i have the same thing going on. i've had my clown for 2 weeks now and she wont eat a thing. i've tried spectrum and flake with no luck. and i was wondering if i should buy her a friend . she's the only clown fish i have
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What size tank? and what is in it? Can you post your water parameters so we can rule that out. Just make sure in the future that you watch it eat before you buy it. This is not just to you but we should all do this. Have you tried soaking the food in garlic? I sure hope all goes well. You might want to try frozen mysis or vitamin fortified brine shrimp.
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Old 05-18-2007, 04:24 PM   #15
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i havent tried garlic. 10gal with O. clown and a royal gramma. dont know my water parameters. the pet store said everything was a ok. my specific gravity is at 1.022
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OK either go to the LFS and ask him for some garlic guard or any other garlic product he may have or go to your grocery store and get some garlic oil or minced garlic juice and add a few drops to your food in a cup of water. This has worked for others.
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ok i'll try that i know they have kent garlic xtreme. hope that works. do u think i should add another clown ?
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ok i'll try that i know they have kent garlic xtreme. hope that works. do u think i should add another clown ?
IMO - make sure or get your original fish healthy first, then see about adding new fish.
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is it true that the garlic helps strenghten the fishes ammune system? or somthing like that?
I don't have links readily available at the moment, but..

Yes, some "proof" (hearsay, non-scientific observation, apply test trials from other "animals" to *all* animals, etc.) that garlic helps improve or boost the natural immune system of a fish.

A local fish guru in my area proposed that the garlic suppresses internal parasites enough for the fish to make a natural recovery (or immune system recovery.)
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There was a link that a scientific study indicated the fish that were fed garlic were less likely to be reinfected. I read it myself, but can't recall the link. It also mentioned that they couldn't really prove that adding garlic would stimulate their feeding response.
I believe another member has success with garlic with some fish and others ignored it.
My fish love it.
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