They just seem to spell misfortune and pain on my fish, which directly does the same to me. As some of you know I lost my last platy to what I believe to be chiliodonella during my vacation, and now I came home to a strangely different DG. As I was doing a water change I noticed something strange about my DG, he has a darker face, at first I thought maybe he colored up a bit, but then I looked closer and noticed he now has a gold-ish shine to him. My immediate thought was velvet, but looking closer I am not so sure... It has the same color as velvet, but is very uniform, with it gradually fading into his normal color near where his dorsal begins. He doesn't seem to have any bahavorial changes, just happily scooting about as usual. When I came home my nitrates were a bit high, at 20 PPM, but a 50% WC fixed that. What could this be? All parameters are perfect, other than the slightly high nitrates when I came home. I don't want to jump to the conclusion that it is velvet just yet, so any input is appreciated. P.S. - I will try to get pics up, but he won't sit still with me around!