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Guppies with red gills and ick
Ok, so a 2 weeks ago I bought some feeder guppies to start my tank with. I know feeders are are notorious for diseases but everything seemed to be ok to start. Any ways I noticed after a little wile that some of them looked a little read behind the gills, first one, then 2 more. I read on here that that usually means ammonia poisoning but when I tested my water nothing showed up for any of the chemicals. Nitrates seemed maybe just a hair above the 0 range but it was hard to tell. anyways I couple of days ago a couple of them began to get ick. I started treating the tank with quick cure but they kept getting worse. Then I turned the tank up to 85 because i read someplace ick cant survive in those kinds of temps. It continued to get worse for one day, but today it seems a little bit better, but they still have ick. Does anyone have any other ideas of what I can do, or what might be causing this. I know the ick is probably because they are stressed, and they are probably stressed by what ever is causing the the redish gills but does any one have a clue what that is. Now dont get me wrong, the gills aren't like really red, but more noticeable then i have ever seen on any of the platys or tetras I have had before (these are my first guppies).
Other information: I bought 2 males and 4 females. A female gave birth the second day and died, a male, an endler highbred, died the next evening. Two days ago another female gave birth, however from both births there are maybe 5 fry still swimming around, the rest gotten by the other fish.
Are you using liquid or test strips? The strips are notoriously inaccurate, so if you're using those, you may have ammonia present, and it's just not showing up.
I'm using the API liquid test kit
Did you put the water they came in into your tank?
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