Angels not interested in food?

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What is the water volume of the tank? 40 Gallon
How long has the tank been running? Three weeks (downsized from 65 cycled tank, moved filters etc over)
Does it have a filter?Yes (Marineland 275 PRO and Penn Plax Cascade 300) Also have a large airstone.
Does it have a heater? Yes
What is the water temperature? 80
What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.) Two Angelfish, 5 Bronze Corydoras, 2 Bristlenose Pleco

How often do you change the water? Weekly
How much of the water do you change? 50%
What do you use to treat your water? On well water, use API Stress Coat
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water? Have not vaccumed yet, want to make sure BB is well established with new substrate

*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? Yes
What do you use to test the water? API Freshwater Master Test Kit
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 10
pH: 8

How often do you feed your fish? 2 x Daily
How much do you feed your fish? What they can finish in a few minutes
What brand of food do you feed your fish? Tetra Min/ Omega One Flakes, Pleco Wafers, Bloodworms, Omega One Shrimp Pellets and Brine Shrimp
Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods? Yes. Frozen Bloodworms, freeze dried Brine Shrimp and Bloodworms (feed these foods occasionally, main staple is flakes, Pleco wafers and shrimp pellets. Fluval Bug Bites Bottom Feeder Formula.

Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish? Angels 4 days, Cories/Pleco 2 + years
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? Yesterday
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms? Angels have not eaten since I brought them home on Friday last week. Yesterday noticed them shedding slime coat.
Have you started any treatment for the illness? No
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? No

How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all?
Angels are acting hungry, but won't eat. Yesterday one appeared to look odd, and it looks like it's slime coat is shedding. Did a 25% water change, seemed to help some, but today fish are not eating still as of this morning. Last 50% water change was done Friday morning. My LFS said she had them on flakes, so I picked up some Omega One Flakes to try, in case pickiness was the issue. They aren't interested in food at all. Come up to the glass like they are hungry, but won't eat. I've tried frozen/freeze dried bloodworms, brine shrimp, bug bites, and of course flakes. The fish are now hanging out at the top of the water, I wouldn't say gasping, but I checked all parameters, those are shown above. The one fish still looks 'cloudy', not shiny like the scales should. No clamped fins, no ich, nothing I can see that would make me think they are ill otherwise. At the LFS, I had seen them over a few days, looked just fine.
I have kept the lights off since I brought them home up until today thinking stress may be the issue.
I'm not an expert, but something is off and I can't figure it out. I would attach a photo, but you can't really see anything in the picture.

Explain your emergency situation in detail. (Please give a clear explanation of what is going on, include details from the beginning of the illness leading up to now)

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The slime coat certainly sounds concerning. Do you have a pic?
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Your pH is a little high but not by much. It is always concerning when a fish starts to loose it's slimecoat. Stress would be the most likely cause of this. With a compromised slime coat a fish is much more prone to disease so it is essential to keep the water as clean as you can until it recovers.
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You can just barely see a few pieces at the top of his dorsal fin where it meets the body. My phone won't capture the dull color of his scales.

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