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Old 06-30-2004, 12:35 PM   #1
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I know this is a dumb and repeated queston, but I remember hearing that garlic is good for a fishes immune system, is that right?. If that's the case is it okay to soak their food in it every day?

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The acutal benifits of garlic are somewhat unknown. If the garlic acutally bosts the fishes imune system directly or if it simply makes the fish eat more and thus indirectlyi boosting the imune system. Its fine to feed a regular suplment of garlic to the fish. Be it soaking it every day, every other day or once a week.

Note the addition of garlic oil to the tank will increase the output of the skimmer as well as increase the chance of an 'oil slick' developing on the surface.

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I wouldn't do it everyday for the reasons FF mentioned. Once or twice a week should be fine.
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Originally Posted by Terry Bartelme
Herbal remedies (i.e. garlic)

Using herbal remedies to combat Cryptocaryon irritans or ich has become more commonplace over the past few years with marine aquarists. Garlic, in particular, has become popular. The foods are soaked daily with garlic prior to feeding the fish for several weeks to combat ich. Unfortunately, evidence to support garlic's effectiveness or lack thereof, for the treatment of Cryptocaryon irritans is anecdotal (Bartelme, 2003a. Cortes-Jorge, 2000). It seems to work in some cases, especially with light infections, and not in others. However there is some evidence to support garlic as a treatment for some other types of parasites.

An extract of garlic, allium satiyum, has been reported to eradicate trichodinids (Madsen et al. 2000). It has also been demonstrated that garlic extract kills Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, at the theront stage within 15 hours. Ichthyophthirius multifiliis is the freshwater parasite that causes an infection that is often referred to as ick.

The extract was prepared by crushing fresh garlic cloves. The juice was then added to the aquarium at a dosage of 62.5 mg/L to kill theronts.If more than 50% of the theronts died the concentration was recorded as effective ((Buchmann, et al., 2002). A dosage of 570 mg/L was required to kill 100% of the tomocyst stage of Ichthyophthirius multifiliis. Preliminary tests using allium satiyum indicated that it has no effect on trophonts in the skin of fish (Buchmann et al., 2002). The amount of active compounds varies widely among the different varieties of garlic and the use of garlic, by adding it to the water, may prove to be unrealistic ((Buchmann, et al., 2002).

The mechanism of host location for Cryptocaryon irritans is unknown (Colorni & Burgess, 1997). It has been suggested that garlic, when administered orally to fish, may interfere with the parasites ability to parasitize by camouflaging the chemical attraction of fish (Cortes-Jorge, 2000). Chemical attraction requires further investigation (Colorni & Burgess, 1997).
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