Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 03-28-2006, 11:30 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Houston, TX, U.S.
Posts: 294
Send a message via AIM to TheRealFF
Ich cure Idea

I was just looking at my fishes and an idea hit me. Now don't get me wrong about "declining forum's advices blah blah blah". This is just an idea that popped into my head that i think might actually work.

Ich parasites's cycle is: infect the fish, drop off, multiply, then re-infect the fish right? So to treat the whole tank, u want to keep the parasites off the host fish for a few weeks so they would die off, yes?

Garlic contains an antiparasitic compound called allicin that helps the immune system. So I think feeding ur fish with garlic soaked for a few weeks straight will keep the new parasites from infecting to ur fish. Now those parasites that are already infecting ur fish will eventually drop off to mutiply. Meanwhile the newly hatched parasites won't be able to get to the fish b/c the fish ate garlic. Over time, all parasites on ur fish will drop off, therefore ur fish is ich free. Keep feeding ur fish with garlic so the parasites can't re-infect ur fish. With a host to keep them fed, they will die off after a few weeks.

I only posted this to discuss about it. Im not 100% sure if this method will work cuz i just thought of this... Just wonder if anyone agrees with me. If u don't... simply say it won't work and explain y but please don't accuse me of "declining advices"...

Thanks a million

TheRealFF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2006, 11:39 PM   #2
Moderator Emeritus
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Indiana USA
Posts: 2,694
Garlic and other suppliments have been used to "boost" immunity for some time. A lady here swears by Beta Glucan. Having healthy fish is the best way to avoid parasites.

I don't this it is a cure all though. I don't think you will be able to keep the ich from feednig on the fish by feeding them garlic only. Removing the fish and feeding them garlic enriched food will help them fight off any ailments they have and boost thier immunity later on.

*180 gal Display, 100 gal basement sump, 33 gal refugium, 3x250 MH, 2x160 VHO actinics, zoos, some softies, LPS & lots of acros and other SPS.
*100 gal prop tank plumbed into main system w/ 2x96 PC lights and 1x150 MH,
ellisz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2006, 10:53 AM   #3
Posts: n/a
I have a much easier solution for you, quarantine anything wet.

What your suggesting will work and is refered to as aquired immunity. The problem with that is there is a 50/50 chance at best it will work. Some have had good success while others quite dismal. Using a method like your suggesting would take approximately 10-11 months before the parasite was completely erradicated. That is, if no new sources of the parasite are introduced and no new fish either. Exhisting stocks would have built up some resistance but new additions would not have any. More commonly the new addition would fuel a surge in reproduction and the theront density would become so high, all fish would become infested.

  Reply With Quote

cure, ich

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
ICH ? CURE ? Jones2w Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 2 10-09-2007 04:35 PM
ich cure duckdog Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 5 09-18-2005 07:07 PM
Cure for Ich? hangzen Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 1 11-09-2004 09:37 PM
How to cure ICH?? HotSauce Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 7 04-11-2004 11:08 PM
ich cure ostrichkiller Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 2 09-14-2003 01:26 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:25 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.