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Good question. I did a little searching myself and the only thing I found is the reprinting of a study done by Jack Wattley on discus. You'll find it here. He states that he doesn't really know why it works. If you read some of the other posters comments, you'll see lots of theories. Other than that, I couldn't find anything either.
 

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So... From reading that and some other research I have done I've came to this. The garlic itself is not curing these fish. The garlic acts as a catalyst for curing triggering something in the fish itself that actually fights parasite. I'm sure that besides treatment for parasites garlic must be beneficial seeing as how good it is for our own immune system. Has anyone here had much luck with using garlic?
 

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*** used it a number of times and I've come to the conclusion that it "cures" fish in 2 ways...
1. appetite stimulant
2. stops the fish keeper medicating sick fish to death
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just linking to wiki

In test tube studies, garlic has been found to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal activity.
looking at google scholar I see quite few relating to both inhibitory functions (for both restricting microbial growth and prevention of tumor suppression)t and protective functions (stopping free radicals from effecting cells) as well as helping the body regulate other diseases (like heart disease resulting from high cholesterol)

however I think the key thing is (as already mentioned) it works as an appetite stimulant, so the organism has more energy to dedicate towards beating illness/recovering
 

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How do you guys go about feeding the garlic to your fish? Are you using fresh garlic just smashed up and tossed the tank like flake food?
 
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