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Diseases, Ick and Company Claims
I've been reflecting about some discussions over the last few weeks.
There was some question about a product that supposedly produced red growth
in plants, though made by a company with good credibility.
Many of us have problems with disease, sometimes after introduction of a new
Richard Sexton reports that he hasn't had any ick in his tank for (15?) years.
I recall reading in an ad that there was a filter media sold, which
supposedly absorbed all manner of things, including viruses (or it actually
destroyed them). Without a background in biology, that seems preposterous to
me. I can't recall what the product was called.
Lately I've been looking at some products from Tropical Science. They sell 2
products which I've been wondering about. One is called Immune-Plus and
supposedly contains Probiotic bacteria (much like acidophilus in humans?)
which helps control diseases, including Ick, Aeromonas and Vibrio. The other
is called Aquaflourish, which contains antioxidants and *aquatic* vitamins
that they purport will enhance health and coloration of fish and plants.
Perhaps in an older, estabished tank there is a colony of health-promoting,
health-enhancing bacteria which help the fish fight off disease? Perhaps
Richard has a healthy dose of these in his tank?
Is there an aquatic counterpart to acidophilus and other probiotic bacteria
for humans? Do either of these products have any merit to them? I notice Pet
Warehouse is selling a number of Tropical Science's products in their new
catalog. I was wondering whether it was more snake oil for the aquarium.