Ginger to treat white spot?

Discussion in 'Saltwater Fish Disease' started by Semiaquatic, Aug 6, 2015.

  1. Semiaquatic

    Semiaquatic Valued Member Member

    Has anyone heard of this or tried it? I've been feeding three times per day with ginger in the food after losing two fish to white spot as no more have died so far. I don't if it's working but I've read positive things about it online. Just wondering if anyone on here has had experience with it


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    animalsareawesome New Member Member

    i haven't heard of it but it sounds very interesting! what worked for me is to just turn the tank temp up to 79-84 degrees and for a week or two (no more than one degree every hour) and that cured five of my fish. the ginger sounds very interesting and i hope it works!
     
  3. OP
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    Semiaquatic

    Semiaquatic Valued Member Member

    I'll keep you updated


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  4. OP
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    Semiaquatic

    Semiaquatic Valued Member Member

    So far no fish lost since I started adding ginger to the food! Knock on wood


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    animalsareawesome New Member Member

    oh my gosh thats awesome! I'm so happy to hear that its working! i knew ginger was great for humans and now we know its good for fish too!
     
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    Semiaquatic

    Semiaquatic Valued Member Member

    I must have started it too late because I lost another couple of fish but the three that are left are doing fine


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  7. junebug

    junebug Fishlore Legend Member

    Is it actually clearing the spots? Ginger isn't an antiparasitic, it's a superfood. So it just boosts the immune system, and there's no real evidence it does anything for fish.

    If you're still losing fish to ICH, it's time to start an actual treatment.
     
  8. OP
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    Semiaquatic

    Semiaquatic Valued Member Member

    The ones that didn't already have it survived and have had no problems. It was a bummer to lose them but if I ever see any white spot again, I'm going to quarantine the fish and feed with ginger so it doesn't spread


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  9. junebug

    junebug Fishlore Legend Member

    Once you see ICH, it's too late to quarantine. Sorry, but I really think you're going about this the wrong way. Most of the time, ICH can be eradicated completely with few or no fish casualties simply by raising the tank temperature and adding salt.

    Ginger is not going to cure it, and QTing symptomatic fish is not going to prevent the spread.
     
  10. Coradee

    Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

    This is the saltwater section, marine Ich is different from freshwater Ich, whether ginger works or not I have no idea
     
  11. junebug

    junebug Fishlore Legend Member

    LOL thanks Coradee, I didn't even notice. Oops.

    Saltwater ICH is still an external protozoa, though. Ginger won't treat it.

    Here is a really good article on the disease:  
     
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    Semiaquatic

    Semiaquatic Valued Member Member

    Honestly, think I got lucky. I started trying to treat it after one had already died. If it did anything at all, It may have helped the unaffected fish from showing signs of it


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