DIY Liquid Garlic

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    ltkenbo

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    Recently I started a thread about ich in my tank and was discussing and reading up on the use of garlic to boost fish health. Anyways since I had a hard time finding garlic extract and I am in a small town where the fish store here is not that good, I thought I would make a short write up about how to make liquid garlic to soak your fish food in. It's really easy.

    Time: 10 Minutes
    Cost: $2

    Items Required:
    Garlic Cloves
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    Garlic Press

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    Food Processor (You don't have to have this but it will work better)

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    Small Container

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    Tea Strainer (Or some type of fine strainer)

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    First pull the garlic cloves apart and mince several cloves into a food processor using the garlic press. How much you use depends on how much you want to make. Next add a small amount of RO/DI water. Only add a little bit, just not too much or the mixture will be to dilute. I would say probably like 2 Tbsp of water for every clove you mince. Now run the food processor for several seconds to blend and mix it up really well. Next pour the mixture through a tea strainer and into your container to remove the garlic pieces. Voila, you have liquid garlic. I keep mine in the fridge and whenever I feed the fish I add a very small amount in a cup with a tiny bit of tank water to soak the food in. It's very strong so you probably don't need much.

    Like I said, you could use other tools other than the ones above but this is just the way I did it. Same with the mixtures, experiment with the ratio of water to garlic until you find something that works best for you. Garlic is cheap and this works great.
    ltkenbo, Nov 29, 2009
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    SeaBee Ha Ha Thats Funny!

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    You like the Iguana trick...did you ever get the vitamin C? I like the garlic idea, did you try the spice section at the gracery store? My wife gets garlic in garlic juice I guess, it's another way I was thinking of. Thanks for the post!
    SeaBee, Nov 29, 2009
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    dcantucson

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    Maybe one could make their own Vitamin C liquid with oranges. Very clever on making your own fresh garlic concentrate.
    dcantucson, Nov 29, 2009
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    bjohanson1234 .........

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    Or chrushing Vitamin C pelletes. Those should be easy to find at a supper market
    bjohanson1234, Nov 29, 2009
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    I've started to put a little garlic powder in my fish food. Fish seem to really love it.
    benningtondt, Jan 26, 2010
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    Garlic powder? Do they eat the granules? :question:
    dcantucson, Jan 26, 2010
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    I put in the food and let it sit overnight it dissolves somewhat and the frozen food soaks up the flaver.
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    U4BOYZ Got Fish?

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    Great tip. I went and bought my first garlic extract yesterday, and it cost me $20.00. Next time I'm making my own!!! Thanks.
    U4BOYZ, Jan 26, 2010
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    dcantucson

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    I think you might have something there. Great idea.
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    Tristan Detritus

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    can i just put a clove a garlic in?
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    bjohanson1234 .........

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    I would think you want the cloved crushed and chopped so the oils inside of the clove get into and on the food.
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    dcantucson

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    Yes, it has to soak into the food for the fish to get the benefit.
    dcantucson, Jan 26, 2010
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    winyfrog Yep!

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    Be careful with using anything thats not pure garlic. The powder have other additives in them that might harm your aquarium.

    You can also buy garlic tablets from your pharmacy (vitamin) section. These have pure garlic oil in them.
    winyfrog, Jan 26, 2010
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    Yeah, when I use the stuff I usually let the food soak in it first
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    Reefrookie Not so new anymore! VIP Member

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    When you thaw out and rinse the frozen food, do you squeeze out the rinse water so the garlic and vitamins can soak up in the food? Otherwise it will not get in the food. That seems to work for me
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    I don't usually rinse my food. I cut several pieces off, put them in a cup, and add a little bit of tank water to help that them, and if I am using the garlic I will add it also. Sometimes I will soak them in the garlic solution ahead of time and refreeze.
    ltkenbo, Jan 27, 2010
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