06-14-2011, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by 1077
If fishes are not being handled,injured by capture,or receiving wounds from other fish or tank decor,there is no need for slime coat enhancers which is often in the form of aloe.
Aloe does little more in my view than clog filter material prematurely.I am doubtful that it can adhere to much of anything in water and if it coats the fishes skin,,then what keeps it from coating fishes gills,nostrils making respiration more difficult?
Healthy fishes are capable of producing slime coat all by themselves IMHO and filter material will stay cleaner longer without the use of aloe product in the aquarium for certain.
If you have one meal a day, you don't need three.
The fact that a water conditioner that treats chlorine, chloromines, ammonia and heavy metals also contains a small amount of aloe to promote/enhance fish health is not a reason to discard it. The amount of aloe involved in no way clogs filter material. In a sense, the aloe is just an artificial slime that aged (bio-slime) water would contain on it's own...so by removing chloro's, ammonia and heavy metals, we're artificially aging the water slightly. Kinda makes good sense, doesn't it? Is it absolutely necessary?...well no. No additives are necessary if you have distilled, RO or rainwater or otherwise purified or untreated spring or well water. On the other hand, it doesn't hurt and provides additional assurances.