Brightwell Aquatics Garlic Power Garlic Supplement, 125 ml
- Delivers the nutritional benefits of raw garlic to fishes primarily by being
applied to their food
- Consists solely of preserved extract of raw garlic with a small amount
of vitamin-C as a preservative
- Does not require refrigeration
- Formulated by a marine scientist
Brightwell Aquatics Garlic Power consists solely of the preserved extract of
raw garlic. Garlic has long been believed by many to have medicinal properties,
and clinical research is beginning to support some of the claims that have been
made by garlic’s supporters. It was once thought that the active component
in garlic was a compound called allicin, which is formed by the combination
of the amino acid alliin with the enzyme alliinase that occurs when the garlic
is damaged (i.e. cut, processed, bitten, etc.). Research has shown that allicin
is unstable and has a very short life, beginning to degrade immediately after
formation (a process sped up by exposure to heat; conversely, refrigeration
prolongs the life of allicin, though not likely enough to ensure its presence
in a garlic extract product); the result of this degradation is a number of
compounds called diallyl sulphides. These compounds also exhibit beneficial
properties, and though not as effective as allicin, their use in medical treatments,
and the exact nature of the benefits provided, are the subject of ongoing research.
In aquaria, the use of garlic is often associated with improving the health
of fishes, particularly in systems experiencing difficulty with parasites. As
noted on the opposite panel, this product is not intended for use as a medication.
Garlic has also been shown to motivate newly-added and/or finicky fishes to
feed; this is accomplished by soaking food in a small amount of garlic extract
for several minutes and then feeding, and the results are often very gratifying.
Note that while garlic may increase the palatability of foods, this approach
should not be thought of as a means to circumvent avoiding the purchase of fish
species known to have poor survival records in captivity due to their dietary
requirements (i.e. various species of coralivorous butterflyfishes, spongivorous
angelfishes, etc.). Always research the dietary and environmental needs of fishes
before purchasing and introducing them into an aquarium.