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Old 08-16-2003, 10:14 PM   #1
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Is it advisable to drop 1 drop of garlic juice into the main tank ( around 13 gallon ) with fishes, tube worm, anemones inside? Because i suspect there is ich parasite.
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Old 08-16-2003, 10:23 PM   #2
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Garlic will not kill ich. It can only aid fish in helping repel the parasite.

The best solution to your problem is to set up a proper QT tank and treat the fish with either copper or hyposalinity.

What kind of fish do you have? Some require differing methods of treatment.

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If you garlic soak your food its been known to help the fish fight off ich. How this works is kind of unknown. There are all kinds of theorys ranging from the garlic oil gets into the fish and the ich parasite dislikes it and falls off. Another one I have heard is that it boosts the fish's appitite and thus increases its imune system.
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If you garlic soak your food its been known to help the fish fight off ich. How this works is kind of unknown.
This is actually not unknown. The main ingredient in garlic the helps the fish naturally repel ich is allicin. Any one interested can read aabout the positive affects (as well as some negative) >>here<<.

>>Here<< is a general article about allicin some may find of interest.

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I placed a small piece of garlic, about 0.5cm by 0.5cm into the tank, will this helps the fish to fight off ich or? Btw the fish that seems to have ich parasite is a common clown fish ( orange brown in colour with white stripe ), i don't quite know the actual name for that type of clown.
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I placed a small piece of garlic, about 0.5cm by 0.5cm into the tank, will this helps the fish to fight off ich or?
No it will have no affect. In order for garlic to work, the natural oils must be ingested by the fish. Simply placing garlic in the tank will have no affect.

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Btw the fish that seems to have ich parasite is a common clown fish ( orange brown in colour with white stripe ), i don't quite know the actual name for that type of clown.
It would either be an A. ocellaris or A. percula. You also cannot just treat one fish. Even though they may not show signs of the parasite, all fish must be treated and the tank left fallow for 4 weeks to ensure the parasite dies off.

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If i don't remove the fish from the main tank, and leave it as usual, take good care of the fishes, will the ich die off too?
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If i don't remove the fish from the main tank, and leave it as usual, take good care of the fishes, will the ich die off too?
No, not without proper treatment in a seperate QT.

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Then is there a treatment at the main tank itself? Cas i don't own a QT, is there some kind of medicine ( for example: anti-ich solution etc ) for salt water?
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None that I would really recommend. Keep in mind your anemone is going to be very sensitive to anything you put in the tank and has the potential to kill it.

You do not need to have a proper tank to set up a QT, any plastic or rubbermaid bin will do. >>Here<< is a link for step by step instructions on how to set up a quick QT.

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