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Old 04-15-2019, 07:03 PM   #1
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garlic infused coconut oil in my tank harmful?

I have a few fish I'm trying to treat for internal parasites and was told to use metroplex with coconut oil infused with garlic to make them eat. I soaked the food in garlic/coconut oil and put it in the tank. They didn't eat and the oil has created a grey haze in my 90 gal tank and there is a film on the top of the water. Will this harm my fish and do you think my marineland 400 and marineland 150 will clear this up or will I have to start my tank all over again?
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Old 04-16-2019, 01:05 AM   #2
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Not sure but you might try turning of the filter, letting the water be still and use a paper towel horizontally laying it on the surface similar to how one might try to get fat off a cooking pot.

I would run a pouch of carbon for a week. And maybe another pouch just for good measure.

About now, thinking of that saying.... oil and water don't mix.

You can use juice squeezed from the clove of garlic, some fish will eat the food then.

And a good bunch of pwc's.

Do the fish seem to have any breathing problems? Or seem stressed?
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Hi thanks for the info, we did a 60% water change and wipes the sides down with paper towel soaked in vinegar and water and changed two filters and a new batch of carbon. The fish don't seem stressed and not having breathing issues. It was probably a teaspoon of oil in the food. Took their advice and stupidly didn't think about oil and water not mixing. As long as it doesn't harm them and hopefully the filters can handle it
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Glad to hear the fish don't seem to care /or it isn't seem to be bothering them!
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Just an update, the tank has cleared and we have put 4 fish in a hospital tank for observation because they stopped eating and had long white stringy poo. Treating the water with Metroplex.. fingers crossed.. hope it works. Tha ks again everyone for the advice.
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