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Diseases, Ick and Company Claims

Hi all,

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.