I don't want this post to get complicated, as sometimes with several issues at once can. But here it goes. I have two issues that I am aware of at this point. Well, three, if you take in consideration that I don't know what I'm doing. Here are the parameters: 40 gallon fresh water planted breeder 8 Corys 28 neons 2 honey gouramis 0 Ammonia 0 Nitrites 30 ppm Nitrates 6.4 PH 76.5 Temp Feeding: once a day alternating every other day flake food and 1/3 cube Emerald Entree for neons and gouramis. Two small shrimp pellets for the Question. 50% water change weekly. The aquarium's filters turn the water over 10 times an hour. Crystal clear water. I have had the tank up and running for 8 months, and I fully understand cycling. The other day, I added two German Blue Rams. The stress during move and all produced a case of ick on the rams. I treated the aquarium with super ick cure from API. I used 1/2 dose because of Question. One of the rams died the next day, and other followed. That was yesterday. Question #1, even though the effected fish are gone, should I administer the second wave of ick medicine? At the same time, my honey gouramis have been gaining weight, or I thought. It turns out that I believe it to be dropsy. The scales are slightly protruding, and they are laying on their side at the bottom. Every once in a while they perk up, and start to swim and nibble on plants like nothing is wrong. But something is wrong. I am nervous since it looks as though there is no cure for dropsy. Should I be concerned about the other fish in the tank. My corys are looking plump. Again, I thought they were healthy, but now I am wondering if they are sick as well. They eat and forage all day. Their color looks good. Can't tell if they are sick. They have no scales, so how would I know if they have dropsy? Neons are hard to see their scales because they are so small. The two gouramis are fading, and I am worried. Question #2, What do I do about the gouramis? Are any of these issues related???? Please help if you can, and only advice from folks who know what's happening or have gone through this before.