The leaves of the sea almond tree (Terminalia catappa) have proven their worth in aquaristics as a preventative against fish diseases. These have a disinfecting and fungicidal effect and are used against fungi and spores. Although the plant is less frequently represented in the breeding of primeval crayfish, the healing effect of sea almond leaves has been appreciated for many years in aquaristics as well as in domestic breeding. The leaves contain numerous ingredients that benefit the water quality.
- Humic acids
The substances act against harmful bacteria and scavenge radicals such as the dye quercetin. After they have dissolved in the water, they take over the cell regulation of the fish and plants and contribute to lowering the pH value. The leaf cell walls store tannins. These are phenolic carboxylic acid esters derived from gallic acid, which are also found in oak leaves and sea almond bark. The tannins dissolve after contact with water and develop their disinfecting effect, giving the water its typical yellow-brown colour after a good 24 hours.
Sea almond leaves strengthen the immune system of the fish. Fish suffering from inflammations and fin rot recover faster and the spawn is less affected by fungi. The effect of the plant helps in the fight against the following diseases:
- Pitting disease
- Goggle-eye disease
- Spot disease in neon tetra.
Sea almond leaves also help with an infestation of gill worms.
Scope of delivery:
- 1 x sachet with dried sea almond leaf pieces