09-04-2007, 12:02 PM
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I've been wondering about this for a while. I've notived that a lot of aquarium products like medications, dechlorinator and so on have Aloe Vera in them, and was wondering if this actually has any benefit to the fish...
I am naturally a bit cynical, and when i see "ALSO INCLUDES ALOE VERA" in big letters across the packaging i get a bit suspicious that this a marketing ploy, as we all "know" from adverts on telly for everything from loo roll to moisturising cream that aloe vera is "natural and healthy." So i was wondering if it's just put on the bottle to make us punters go "Ooh, look! It's herbal and stuff, it must be good!" and subsequently buy 200 bottles of dechlorinator.
Having said that, my brother has an aloe vera plant in his house, and when he put some in the tank to see if anything wanted to eat it (reasoning that it would be safe as it's in all these products) his cories went mad for it, and rubbed themselves all over it, not eating much, but playing with it and rubbing their whiskery things against it a lot. So they did like
it, but is it benificial