Catappa leaves have been widely used in aquariums in Asian countries for
a long time already. Owners and breeders of various fish and animals
such as fighting fish, discus, shrimp, crawfish and plecostomus use the
leaves for the treatment of bacterial ailments, and also to heal
injuries of fish, such as bites or transportation wounds.
The risk of
wound infections is tremendously decreased when catappa leaves are being
used. The mucous membranes are strengthened. When transporting fish, it
is strongly recommended to add catappa leaves or a small piece of
catappa bark to the water used. This decreases the susceptibility and
stress significantly which the animals experience from high
concentrations of bacteria.
When it comes to breeding, catappa leaves
help promote the mating disposition of your fish, and reduce spawn
fungi. By releasing humic acids and tanning agents, catappa leaves
create a natural surrounding and increase the vitality and well-being of
your aquarium occupants.