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I am so "Fished Out" Today! Platy Fry, What is wrong with my Boesmani Rainbow!

Well this morning started out with 2 fish tanks right now, I have 4 up and running...:shock: It started this morning when I turned the light on in my 29 gallon tank. I could not help but notice two tiny eyes stare out of the gravel. It was a platy fry. I guess I wasn't surprised since at one point I had a male in the tank and gravid spots are quite obvious on 2 of the females. I got rid of my male platy because he was literally psycho and I was rather worried about the stress the was evident by the behavior of the 4 females. Now that he is out of the picture, the females are much happier. I have had platy fry before and normally just let nature take its course whether it was fish food or filter food. But this time I decided to be spontaneous and try to not only save this one fry, but try to look for others. In the end, I managed to get 2, since one slipped away into the filter. Although I don't think my red wag is done. She still looks like a balloon! My 2 fry seem healthy and very energetic. Currently I am using a 2.5 Gallon Plastic storage container with gravel from the original tank, a few plants. a heater, and a hand on filter with its inlet wrapped heavily with gauze (nice slow flow). Here are some pics.

Tank, Fry 1&2...
[/url]platy by kmac325xi, on Flickr[/IMG]
[/url]F3 by kmac325xi, on Flickr[/IMG]
[/url]F2 by kmac325xi, on Flickr[/IMG]

NOW... That was more work than I expected.... I am hoping at least one will survive. Shortly after I was viewing my 56 gallon tank to check on one of my boesmani rainbows which seemed to have some time of pectoral fin injury at first. So yesterday, I did not panic. Today however was a completely different story. Not only did his fin look like it had fin rot, but it could not help hit notice when looking up close near his front half how his scales appeared not so much raised, but sort of jagged and almost pealing. I started to get concerned at this point, but it wasn't until about 15 minutes later he began to shimmy really badly (like a seizure) It went off and on for about 20 minutes than stopped. I called a really experienced LFS who I was not able to send any picture to yet. However I described the symptoms and from what she could gather from me, things started to sound bleak. I immediately quarantined the fish in a 20 gallon storage bin with all of the essentials. I also added aquarium salt which I normally don't use, but I figured it could not hurt. What concerns me is when I net the fish and tried to release it into the hospital tank, the area above its mouth was stuck to the net. My assumption is that it might be from the jagged scales. Anyway I am worried about this rainbow, but I am VERY worried about all my other fish. Here are some photos... The pictures might make it look like ich but trust me its not in person.

[/url]20141106_184749 by kmac325xi, on Flickr[/IMG]
[/url]2014-11-06 19.40.46 by kmac325xi, on Flickr[/IMG]
[/url]2014-11-06 19.39.17 by kmac325xi, on Flickr[/IMG]
[/url]2014-11-06 19.35.41 by kmac325xi, on Flickr[/IMG]

As far as my parameters They are pretty ideal:

Water Parameters

Ammonia: 0
Nitrate: <15ppm
Nitrite: 0
Hardness: 150 mg/L "Hard"
Chlorine: o
Alkalinity: 180ppm "ideal"
pH: 7 "Neutral"
Temperature: 78 Degrees F

**Only Recent Change Is I Started Feeding Hikari Frozen Bloodworms 2 Weeks ago. Prior to that it has always been freeze-dried. These can't carry parasites can they?

So any ideas or suggestions regarding the Platy Fry and ESPECIALLY the Rainbowfish would be much appreciated. BTW, My rainbows get along in harmony so I ruled out any type of injury....

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Gee thanks for the help everyone >:-( ..... LOL JUST KIDDING! :D :) I figured I would update everyone anyway and maybe get some follow up feedback just since I do seem to have a handle on what's going on.

First off, the fry are doing great! I can definitely see that they both will be either an orange or a red color. Hopefully I will get a sunset since the was the dad. I can already distinguish a sailfin in one of them. A few quick questions....

1) What determines what characteristics platy fry will develop. In my case I know the mom is my Red Wag and the dad was a Sunset. So doe that mean the fry will only be either red wags or sunsets? Or can their be recessive traits that these platy parents would carry onto their fry? In other words, could a Blue Platy and a Sunset Platy make a Red wag, if one of their parents was a red wag?

2) I just put a tiny air stone in now. The fry seem to like it. Is that An okay idea?

3) The "tank" is fully cycled with media and gravel from the original tank. With fry, how high should i let nitrates go before I do a water change? How on earth can I clean the gravel? obviously a gravel vac would not work LOL.

4) Anything else I should know? When can I be pretty sure that the Fry I have will likely "make it" I know there is no certainty but right now I know they are really sensitive.

Second. After treating the Boesmani Rainbow in quarantine with salt and slightly higher temperatures, he appears much better, if not 100%. What I noticed a day later was all of the other fish started to develop similar symptoms which freaked me out (minus the fin rot) But the more I researched its seems what I was looking at was excess slime coat production. I read in a few places it could be a result of a possible parasite or bacteria. So the temp in my main tank is now 84 degrees. Overnight everyone looks better. I really don't know what it is and if it will come back. I did take the boesmani out of quarantine though since it is obvious whatever he had clearly affected the other fish. Does anyone know what this could be and when it might be safe to lower the temps again? Thanks!
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