Catappa leaves are added to aquarium water because of the healing effect they have on fish and shrimps. Catappa-X is the effective, fluid variant of the leaves.
Leaves from the Catappa tree are known for their healing effect on fish and shrimp: they lower germ density (less pathogens), prevent fungal infections, improve growth, prevent problems with the slime coat and stimulate the vitality and colouring of shrimp and fish.
The leaves of the Catappa tree release healing substances when they are immersed in water. The disadvantage of doing so is that, in time, they decompose, which results in the release of organic compounds. This has a number of unpleasant side effects: it turns the water brown and the released organic compounds contaminate the water.
Catappa-X is the answer to these problems. It does not discolour nor contaminate the water and it lowers the bacterial count, which greatly reduces the chance of disease. Catappa-X allows fish and shrimps to flourish and have more vibrant colours.
Catappa leaves are also known as IAL or Indian Almond Leaves and has a natural medicinal properties. Blackwater has often been used as a breeding aid as it adds humic acids to the water. In nature during the wet season when the storms start, the rain will fall not only in the river waterway but also in the surrounding area which include dence forrestries where the water would pass and through the fallen follage sending black water to the rivers.