I have been in the hobby for seventeen years. I have worked in the industry for twelve years. I started as an associate at a small local pet shop. From there I moved up to Freshwater Department Manager at a local aquarium store where within one year I moved up to Store Manager. I now own and run my own aquarium maintenance company. I have had and worked with almost every type of aquarium and fish available in the hobby. I am a Biologist and have been published in Aquarium International Magazine as well as Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine. I have multiple other articles accepted by and awaiting publication in Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine.
The information on this site is based on this extensive experience and knowledge. Some of it may be debated elsewhere, but the information is what I have found to be true.
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Garlic has been used in the aquarium hobby for a long time, but what it is actually capable of is highly debated among aquarists. At the very least it serves as an effective appetite stimulant. But what else it can actually do is where the debate starts.
Garlic is an effective appetite enhancer. This can be invaluable when getting newly acquired fish to eat. For this purpose almost any form of garlic can be used. Freshly pressed garlic, liquid garlic products made for aquarium use, and even most foods with garlic in them can all be effective. Be aware that some foods barely have any garlic in them, enough to put in bold letters on the front of the package but not enough to actually do anything.
Some people consider garlic to be an immune system booster and compare it to Vitamin C in humans. However, I have never had anyone produce any factual data to support this idea. This idea seems to be unfounded and simply regurgitated over and over without any factual support.
The most powerful component of garlic is a chemical it contains called allicin. Allicin is the chemical in garlic that does have the power to actively and directly kill parasites. It has been shown in scientific studies to actively kill parasites including freshwater ich, marine white spot (also known as marine ich), and others.