Lol this really has to be greatest thread ever. Garlicky carrots and broccoli lol, who'd have thought?? Im defo gonna have to try those. My bf detests the smell of garlic but i love it, and they're my babies so what i say goes I am now off to the shop to buy broccoli.
Well.....decided to try spinach rubbed in garlic juice rather than broccoli..... Harlequins and scissortails LOVED it, danios and cardinals looked at me disgustedly as if id just fed them their own poo lol.
Corys look like they cant be bothered. Its not their tea time yet lol.
So - have I got this right - just put some garlic in a tropical tank and it won't do any harm - worst it can do is reek?? I'm new to this - can I put various vegetables in tropical tank then? Sounds great!
Garlic is another thing that abounds with myths. Garlic itself has very little nutritive value to fish, but it does have one major use and thats as an intestinal purgative. The presence of garlic will irritate roundworm in particular, and it does occassionally cause venting of said parasites, but should not be relied upon as a replacement for proper dewormers such as oxfenbendazole etc. Its just something you do to occassionally help prevent constipation and take the edge of parasite loads without fully medicating the fish.
The other minor use it has is that of an appetite stimulant in picky feeders, often discus who often will, for reasons unknown, (but probably because of it knocking out their sense of smell lol) consider a wider range of foods than usual when you use garlic.
Generally I dont find it worth the bother, as it does make the water stink, and uneaten garlic can become a bacterial risk in the tank. Just use it once in a blue moon when a constipated fish turns up. I dont think there is a massive benefit from offering it regularly. Its vitamin and nutrient range is pitiful compared to even the cheapest fishfood, but it will via enzymic action , cause occassional purges which is useful. Over-use however may lead to fish regurgitating often, which isnt at all healthy.
If you happen to keep horses and ruminant mammals its a great dietary help, in fish though , it doesnt have a great deal of use. It certainly has no other medicinal value, and as for an immune system boost, well fish respond to vitamin c, just as we do. Youll find it added in fishfoods.
Garlic wont help whitespot, for that you need a proper protozoan parasite medication. Protozin is good although there are others. Whatever you choose read the instructions and complete the course so that every trace of the Ich parasite is killed.