Hi! I hope I'm not barging in on anybodys topic, but I needed advice, and couldn't figure out any other way to post than to reply to something someone else had already written. Sorry.
Anyway. I have a 20 gallon tank, had it since March of this year. Freshwater, heated, under gravel filter and top filter, two platys, four neon tetras, two german blue rams, two cory cats and an otocinculus (or whatever he's called). No new fish have been added since May 8.
Here's my prloblem -- I noticed today that my female platy has a white patch on her back that looked like fins sticking straight up earlier, but now is flat. The long bits on the top fins of my rams which used to be long and black are now shorter, white and a bit frayed looking. All the fish are acting healthy.
I do regular 25% water changes, and the most recent was yesterday. The only thing that I did differently was reach my arm into the tank to replant some plants that had come uprooted and I forgot to plug the heater back in. The tank was about 75 when I plugged it back in -- I usually keep it at about 80 - 82. I don't have any test kits (most people when I bought my tank gave me advice that I didn't need them and they would just make me worry) so I can't give you all the technical water stuff.
Is this the onset of some type of disease in my tank or are my fish just stressed? I'm really not thrilled about adding meds -- they had ick back in April and the heat treatment took care of it quickly. I need help, please. What do you suggest?
(Aha, just figured out how to post a new topic. Yay!)