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Old 07-24-2011, 10:43 PM   #31
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I`m still going to go by what Steven Pro based on his article and my experience. Never known the first person except you to have any luck killing ich with garlic. I`m not discounting your experience I just want the OP to have plenty of evidence to choose from. I think we accomplished that. He has yours and he has mine and anyone elses that cares to share. That is the goal.
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It doesn't mean it will kill or cure white spot every time.

The goal of that article was to 'disprove' the 'myths' around garlic. Granted it is far from 100% effective (like most meds), but it is a good option in a reef. The poor analysis of the references in that article are all I need to disregard it. It is obviously biased at best and not well supported. But again, this far from means that garlic WILL kill white spot in any given situation.

It just bothers me to see such misinformation cited over and over as fact or proof when there is other evidence out there that some people simply choose to ignore or are simply unaware of.
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Also be aware that the most effective form of garlic is freshly pressed, not any of that off the shelf garlic additive stuff. There are two chemicals in garlic that when combined form allicin, which is not stable for more than a few hours (if I remember correctly). This means that adding those liquid garlic additives, although they smell strong, are not going to contain the anti-parasitic properties of freshly pressed garlic. This may be one reason that there is less than ample evidence of this working in the hobby. Most hobbyists are using foods 'enriched' with garlic or liquid additives, not freshly pressed.
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Do you have a link to your article?
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No. The only thing they put online was the references (which they didn't put at the end of the article) and I am not allowed to reproduce it.

It briefly discusses each article and shows that it is scientifically supported that garlic is much more than an immune system booster (which I have never seen explained, just compared to vitamin C). The studies have shown that allicin can kill viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites.
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So where can I find a copy of this article?
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So buying cloves of garlic and pressing them and getting that juice is fine for the aquarium? Or something else. I'm new to sw so I'm trying to learn as much as possible. Could you guys explain this garlic thing to me just not following to well
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April 2011 Aquarium Fish International Magazine, p. 114.
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Take the juice and soak the food in it.
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Ok I'll just stick with that
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