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    why do my fish always die within a week? ):

    In short, the nitrogen cycle is the process of bacteria converting ammonia and nitrite into nitrate, which is then absorbed by plants for growth. A newly-setup tank will have high levels of ammonia and nitrite in the water as there is no bacteria to convert it into nitrate, and fish are likely...
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    Brown leaves on Bacopa & Sword

    This is very useful, thank you for taking the time to write this! I have very hard water so I’ll rule out a calcium or magnesium deficiency for now, and my nitrates are reading 10ppm at the moment. It seems like I definitely need to start regularly dosing the tank with a fertiliser. The EasyLife...
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    Brown leaves on Bacopa & Sword

    As the title suggests, my Bacopa Monniera (not entirely sure on its exact name) and Amazon Sword have some brown discolouration on some of their leaves and I'm not entirely sure why. I've attached a couple of photos although it's not very clear in the photo of the sword. These plants are in a...
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    Amazon sword semi transparent leaves. Will recover?

    This has happened in my tank before with Amazon swords, I've read that it's a nutrient deficiency. The root tabs will definitely help with that.
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    Does my platy have ich? Please help!

    Thanks. Is the tiny white spot on the tail anything to worry about? I’ve circled it in the first picture although it is a bit hard to see. She seems to be sitting on the gravel a lot, apart from when I go up to feed them all and she suddenly has more energy. She’s eating fine too.
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    Does my platy have ich? Please help!

    Thank you for clarifying. It’s very strange as despite the lethargy, she’s not flashing. Maybe I’m dealing with something else altogether.
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    Does my platy have ich? Please help!

    Hi, As mentioned in the title of this thread, I’m wondering if my platy has ich. About a week ago I noticed that the fish didn’t seem to be pooping, and seemed very lethargic. I fasted the tank for a day and fed peas afterwards. Then she seemed to perk up. Then, unfortunately she started to...
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