Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Please Pass the Garlic

Last night my clown loaches acted restless. Splashing at 3am actually woke me. So the first thing I did during their morning feed was take an extra close look.

What did I see? Spots. Ich. Or Ichthyopthirius multifilis.

My fish don't look this bad, but won't stay still for a photograph.
I found this image and useful information here...

Scale-less loaches are particularly vulnerable. And my desire to add a few Dalmatian mollies and albino guppies probably transported the parasite.


As the sun came up I changed out the usual monthly amount of water and replaced an appropriate measure of aquarium salt, actions supported by the various and often contrary online opinions. A bio boost additive went in, as well, again at the typical rate.

Then I nudged the heater up a little. Warmer temperatures are said to speed up the parasitic cycle. Now I’m watching and waiting, checking the thermometer. It was already around eighty degrees Fahrenheit and we don’t want it above 82.

Another common suggestion my husband and I both found was to add garlic to their diet. Garlic contains allicin, an organosulfur compound known to be antibacterial and anti-parisitic. There are commercial foods available, but I didn’t want to waste time. Raiding the kitchen pantry, I crushed several cloves for their juice and soaked fish food flakes in the stuff.

Two out of three clown loaches partook, as did much of the asymptomatic population. Tomorrow morning I will repeat the process.

As a last resort I’ll look into the chemical route. Those can be more dangerous than the parasite, especially for loaches.

Are you a garlic fan?



  1. I hope this works. I'm sure it will.

    Hubby and I love all things garlic. Lots of garlic.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

    1. Thank you for the encouragement. I find garlic can be overdone, but it is good. I hope you're having a lovely day!

  2. You'll have to tell us if the garlic works. What an interesting solution.

    1. I sure hope something does. ~nods~ Thanks for taking time to read and remark. I always enjoy finding comments from you.

  3. I've never heard of using garlic that way. Hope it helps. You need a quarantine tank for new purchases. Dalmatian mollies are so pretty.
    As for me, I like it in moderation. None of the roasting cloves and squeezing them out onto bread! I have garlic cloves and garlic powder for recipes.

    1. I wish I could set up a quarantine tank. ~sigh~ I'd been so fortunate in the past that this came as a surprise. What can you do?
      Funny enough about garlic, I didn't think I liked it until moving away from home. Turns out I didn't like the garlic salt that my mother always used. Heh... Be well!

  4. Poor fish. I hope this clears up. I like garlic in small amounts. Some Italian restaurants put on a little too much :)

    1. Thank you. And we think alike. I've had takeaway Philly cheese steak pizzas with too much garlic.

  5. Yes, garlic has good health properties. I like garlic, in small amounts. Never knew in this situation, garlic was an option. Hope it worked.
    -- Pradeep |


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