Ok, so I've got a lil dilemma...And this is really long, so I'm sorry ahead of time. I think I'm over-complicating things or something, but I can't wrap my brain around a solid plan. I've been keeping freshwater fish since last summer, starting with a 5 gal w/ 2 platies, a dwarf gourami, and a couple cory catfish. It has very quickly grown to bigger and bigger tanks, and now I've got 2 livebearing tanks. It's mainly platies, a few mollies, and a pair of guppies I've had since birth (around 4 mos). I also have a dwarf gourami, and a pleco, which are both in the 30 gallon I've had set up only a few months (bought off craigslist), and is the main one where I keep all the adult livebearers (and lots of babies of course), and the other is a 10 gallon (I've had for over 6 months) we keep above our kitchen sink so we can watch them while we do dishes n stuff, and that just has a lot of babies (most are between 1-2 mos old) in it currently, along with a bamboo shrimp (got about 2 mos ago) and a bristlenose pleco (got maybe 7-8 mos ago). I put my pregnant guppy in the 10 gal recently and it seems as soon as she had those babies the whole tank fell apart. I started noticing about a week ago that a few of the baby platies had tiny white specks on them (which I now am realizing is probably Ick) which have gotten increasingly worse. This tank had ALWAYS been healthy though. I've never had any issues with worms or ick before. And all the levels are the same as they've always been (according to the 5 in 1 test strips I have). In BOTH tanks. For some reason I can't get the nitrates down (which are between 20-40...kinda hard to tell), no matter what, but nitrites are always at 0, Ph looks like it's about 7.5 (maybe higher but again, hard to tell with those strips), and GH is between 60-120, KH between 40-80 (I have really hard water, but I can't seem to improve it unless I use a buffer, but again, I've never had problems with my fish or tank before). Anyway, when momma guppy had her babies (about a week ago), that same day I noticed she was pooping out some red stuff (and the other fish were eating it, which I thought was weird). After a couple days she still looked pregnant, in fact her tummy seemed to be getting even bigger. Then I noticed just a couple days ago she was having trouble swimming properly and was EXTREMELY bloated, so I took her out, along with a couple of the other sickly looking fish and put them in a 1 gal medical tank with a tiny piece of Parasite Guard. The guppy is looking a lot better now, the other 2 maybe a lil better too... hard to tell. But almost every little fish remaining (that haven't died) in the 10 gal either have the white specks, and/or swim frantically (when they do swim) and spend most their time lying on the gravel or hiding, until I come over with food. The shrimp and pleco look fine as far as I know, but I don't know what to do. I've tried putting another small heater in the tank in hopes of raising the temp, but it won't go any higher than like 78 degrees, and I put more stress coat in there (like I do with every water change as well), along with a little aquarium salt. I read though that I can't put the parasite guard in because of my shrimp. I really don't have a lot of other resources or money right now. I figured I'd try to just keep the bamboo shrimp and pleco separate but the only other tank I have to put them in is a 5 gal that's been sitting in my garage and will need to be cleaned and obviously re-cycled. Or another 1 gal that's currently occupied by one of my momma platies who hasn't been doing very well for months now (not sure what's wrong with her either, but she was one of the very first fish I got last summer, so I'm almost thinking maybe she's just getting old...?) and am afraid to put my shrimp in my other tank like I originally thought because if he's carrying the disease or anything I don't want him to infect my other fishies! Should I put the ones I just recently took out BACK in the 10 gal, treat it, and then just clean that 1 gal out and put the shrimp & pleco in there with the water and some plants from the 10 gal, in hopes they stay healthy?? Eventually move them to the 5 gal if I can't get the 10 gal in order? I don't even have a filter though for that 1 gal... Ugh. I feel pretty clueless... HELP!!!