10-29-2009, 10:24 AM
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Garlic works as a great preventative measure.
Garlic itself is not an anti-parasite medication, just as Vitamin C is not an anti-flu medication for humans. Garlic boosts a fish's immune system, helping it fight off infection and parasites. Also, feeding foods rich in oils helps a fish build it's slime coat. This has been noted as yet another preventative measure of fighting disease in the home aquarium. Another benefit of Garlic is it increases a fishes attraction to the proccessed foods we feed them. Fish are more likely to eat and a well-fed fish equals a healthy fish.
Ask anyone who religously uses garlic about the health of their system. Twice a day I drop a small amount of Omega One pellets with a garlic ingredient. I haven't had an Ich outbreak since I started doing this.
If Ich is in your system, you can use a UV sterilizer to kill the waterbourne parasites. But the infected fish (depending on how infected) are infected fish. UV's don't pull the Ich off the fish. How many spots are on the fish? How is his breathing? The further along the infection, the less likely he will make it.
Another preventative measure is purchasing a Cleaner Shrimp. These pick Ich and other parasites off the fish and help to avoid larger outbreaks. But again, too late is too late.
Medications like Pimafix and Copper Sulfates only stress the fish out. If your going to do Hyposalinity, you need to set up a seperate tank and Q these fish in a 1.013 water for a few weeks, then slowly raise the salinity until it is back to your Display salinity. But don't put any livestock back into the display for 90 DAYS.
Lastly, if a fish dies of Ich in your aquarium, get him out IMMEDIATELY!!! Once the Ich has killed the fish, it will be looking for another host.