Garlic!?

Discussion in 'Fish Food' started by johnmaloney, Sep 17, 2009.

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  1. johnmaloney

    johnmaloney 3reef Sponsor

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    Edit - At first I felt that garlic did nothing for fish, now I feel that it may do something, it just needs more testing. And while garlic alone in the journal articles I have been shown haven't showed much in favor of it as being a remedy to disease, it seems it helps maybe.
     
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  3. oceanparadise1

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    I agree, it doesn nothing BUT it does make them eat. The smell of it i beleive is what does the trick.
     
  4. johnmaloney

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    were the fish not eating before though? I wonder if it is a thing that they prefer garlic food after awhile because they have become accustomed to it. I have had a lot of French Angels, and if you present an assortment of algae and sponges they eat an assortment. If you keep them (as I did) on a diet of strictly fern caulerpa they only eat fern caulerpa and skip the variety. I wonder if it is the same thing.
     
  5. steve wright

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    Hi John

    it may be complete coincedence I would be prepared to accept that, if science tells me Garlic was not the reason

    but I have had fish with various spot/ parasitic infections and by doing nothing other than using garlic extract in the foods I have fed those fish, the parasite has cleared up

    when I did this 12 years ago, I was convinced by urban myth that garlic permeates through the fish and creates a flavour that the parasite does not like and thus will not feed on said fish

    Nowdays I dont believe that anymore , but I do believe that a healthy well fed fish, is very cabable of fighting of these infections , and Garlic being a good appetite stimulator helps to generate that healthy well fed fish we need to beat the parasite

    as I said, it could be coincedence and that those fish would have fought of the parasite without the foods coated in garlic gaurd

    but even if its nothing more than a placebo for reef keepers and gives them a feeling of positive action in the battle against parasites, and prevents then doing other more extreme measures to combat infections, its a good thing IMO

    Steve
     
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    That makes sense to me, just to have the feeling you are doing more than just feeding the same thing without garlic. Placebos are very powerful in a way, I can agree with that. Also agree that well fed fish are going to be much healthier and able to fight infection better.
     
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    Lol well I believe garlic helps said diseases when they do get them. It acts as a stimlant but also a boost in immune system well at least what ive been told by crazy goofy reefers I trust. Lol but if it makes me feel better at night and lets me sleep sound then ima keep doing it!
     
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  9. Daniel072

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    I agree here. I go with the "if it's not broke don't fix it" philosophy. I have used garlic many times and it "seems" to work. Placebo?? maybe but I really don't wanna know
     
  10. amcarrig

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    As far as I'm concerned, all garlic does (MAYBE) is stimulate appetite. Since a well fed fish is able to fight off infections better than a starving fish, I suppose that it can help in that respect. That being said, I don't feed garlic to my fish.
     
  11. Peredhil

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    opinions are great! they're just like ....


    anyone have an actual article/study they can link to about what is scientifically proven?

    I'd rather form my opinions on that... not on other opinions... ;)


    oh i lie... so many things i do are based on other folks opinions :p


    when I started adding garlic to my homemade fish-food, the difference was night and day. Immediately the fish quit being lethargic and the colors have deepened considerably and I haven't looked back... I've yet to have any fish sickness in my tank... <knock on wood>

    I can't prove it was the garlic extract... (or that it wasn't)
     
  12. Peredhil

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    I don't think it's a appetite stimulant. My fish have equally gone crazy for food since day 1. Well before I started using garlic. I can easily say they do not eat better since I've been using garlic... they get the same amount of food in the same intervals as always...