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So I'm planning on giving my fish some medicated food just as a protection against diseases and parasites and plan to continue this. I was wondering, what's the best preventative medicated fish food? Thanks
 

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Medicating will slowly prevent life. If you use an antibiotic food longterm, you will kill the bacterial flora of the fish intestine - bacteria that support life, digest, etc. A number of the cheaper fish farms use constant antibiotics to force growth, and the results are fish that bloat easily (hey betta keepers) and fall ill if the wind blows from the wrong direction.

If humans are on antibiotics longterm, we need to supplement our gut flora and fauna or we have all sorts of problems. It's the same for fish. Antibiotics, if used in tanks, should hit a defined and obvious target over 10-14 days, and be withdrawn.

Your plan will completely backfire if you follow it. Use high quality foods chosen for the fish you intend to keep, don't overcrowd and keep things clean.
 
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I was thinking more natural things like garlic honestly. Just because a fish died from dropsy a couple of weeks ago.
 

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Garlic isn't a medication. It's a food. Some believe it has medicinal effects, some think it is just marketed as a remedy since we readily spend money on things with 'natural; sources. The claims are too wide to all be true - it would be miraculous if it did all that the sellers promise. It may discourage some types of gutworms. That's about all that's proven.
I love it on pizza and I don't have symptoms of gutworms, so
I'll give it to my fish...
I'd feed garlic with the expectation that the fish would... eat garlic.
 

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I use garlic when I feed de-shelled pea, for me the garlic is the sugar coating for the peas, my fish are not crazy about their pea day, in fact they are reluctant to eat the peas but soak them in tank water with crushed garlic and I have a feeding frenzy they splash my living room its crazy. I don't know why but I live garlic too, I eat it by the bin load it goes in everything I cook, when id be in hot countries id sit with a t- shirt and rarely be bitten by the mosquito whilst my friends would be feasted on, I always found it strange that it actually works as a deterrent to the bugs.
 

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Garlic does not combat dropsy. Dropsy occurs typically in a poor quality setting. And garlic isn't a food. It's a supplement and appetite increase r
 

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Teishokue said:
Garlic does not combat dropsy. Dropsy occurs typically in a poor quality setting. And garlic isn't a food. It's a supplement and appetite increase r
Sorry to hijack - do you mean to say feeding garlic bits would increase appetite of a fish that refuses to eat?
 

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tunafax said:
Sorry to hijack - do you mean to say feeding garlic bits would increase appetite of a fish that refuses to eat?
Exactly
 

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Feeding and garlic juice. Both will help "increase" appetite. Think about your steak, when garlic hits the butter before you cook. The aroma typically create humans to salivate. Similar in fish. It helps appetite
 

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Thank you both!! I will feed some garlic. I stay away form things like 12$ Garlic Guard and "herbal betta revive" because "natural cure-it-all" is just like snake oil innit...

"Eat this grass" medicine never prevented measels or diabetes or TB... or increased life expectancy to 80 - and yet we as a society are reverting back to it. No thanks, not even for my fish with 12$ a bottle.

And to dose real medicine for no reason will quickly bust your fishes' liver and kidneys
 

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