There are over 150 different species of Aloe in the world of which Aloe Vera, Aloe Barb. and Aloe Ferox are used medicinally. Aloe Ferox is indigenous to the Cape and Southern Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa. Aloe Ferox has a considerably better healing ability over the other Aloe species.
Aloe Ferox has many medicinal properties but those that are important in this context, are as follows:
- Relieves skin irritation
- Retards bleeding
- Increases cellular repair
- Regulates mucous production
When fish get transported or if they fight, their mucoprotein layer (slimy layer) gets removed or damaged. As this is the fish’s first line of defense against bacterial or fungal infection, the possibility that the fish will get sick and die is greatly increased. With the properties of Aloe, the mucous layer is restored and the wounds heal much faster:- thus increasing the survival rate.