I am sure there's many threads on this subject already, but I wanted to ask this question:
Could the use of ketapang (Indian Almond) leaves be an effective preventative for many of the diseases that seem to regularly plague bettas?
It was a question I asked myself, having observed an abrasion on the lip of one of my new betta strohi heal almost completely over night once IAL was introduced to the tank. Before that, I was seeing softening white tissue that had me reaching slowly for the antibiotics (I am a great fan of quick, effective treatments for diseases that might kill my fish...).
But I'm cautious, too, about unnecessary medication - so decided to wait for morning and if the lip got worse, into the meds she'd go.
This was the day my ketapang arrived, so that went into the tank.
Not only did my mature pair spawn (after a few days of almost-spawning) but the little girl with the sore lip looked vastly improved, to where I did not reach for the handy dandy Myxazin but chose the option: 'see what happens'. One day later and the sore is almost entirely healed. I was terrified of a cottonmouth infection, or the sore going septic (yes a bit paranoid, but it did look 'not right').
Which is the long-winded way of saying that I saw for myself the healing properties of IAL/ketapang and thought to research it further. I found several excellent papers regarding research into this, and it seems there are pharmaceutical benefits to IAL, for sure.
And it's not only used for fish, it's a people-medicine, too.
Oh, and I read that the trees originated in Australia and spread to Asia from here.
So, back to my question...
If thousands of fishkeepers over hundreds of years have sworn by this stuff to keep thier fish and fry healthy and disease-free...
Why not use ketapang as a disease preventative? Like, let's promote the heck out of that as a way to prevent the seemingly endless fin rot/sbd/popeye threads.
Could IAL be an essential
factor in reducing disease (where water quality etc is not an obvious cause)..
It's easily purchased online. It works. That's all the encouragement I need.