Cotton mouth and Ich. How long do I medicate?

Nawirl

I have a 55 gallon tank. In use for 6 months. Canister filter. Sand substrate. Live and artificial decor. About a month ago I added some Otos and platy. Next day noticed otos had white patch on them. Returned them. Heater went out and temp dropped 20 degrees. Ever since it’s one problem after another. I have seen flashing from Cory and cherry barbs. My red eye tetra has cotton mouth and I believe I have Ich dots on a barb and platy. Temp at 78. I do water changes every 7-10 days. I first had symptoms with 2 platy and put in QT for possible cotton mouth or columnaris. Treated with Pimafix and Malafix until I could get erythromycin. One platy has a completely torn up mouth now and is unable to get food. I will have to euthanize her tomorrow when I get clove oil. Because cotton mouth, ich and flashing symptoms have appeared in main tank, I am medicating the entire tank and fish population. I did the full 5 day course of Maracyn Two and 3 days of Ich-X. Finished yesterday with 50% water change. I kept all the media and only rinsed in the fish water (Carbon was removed from canister for treatment and I did not add it back yesterday) The tetra cotton mouth has not gotten any larger but not sure if it has gotten better. Still active and eating. Do I medicate until symptoms no longer show? Or do I just watch how they do from this point forward? Directions on Maracyn two state I can do a second treatment if necessary. What is “if necessary”? As long has cotton mouth is present is it contagious? I’ve read a ton of posts and it’s data overload. I’ve lost a dwarf gourami, adolescent platy (new addition a month ago) and adolescent julii Cory (new addition a month ago) Gourami looked healthy. Platy had its stomach gone when I found him. Julii looked healthy.
Tank:
3 platy
6 Cory
5 guppy
5 red eye tetra
7 cherry barb
1 dwarf gourami

Diet
API tropical flakes
Pleco wafers
Bug bites
Aqueon shrimp pellets
Hikari vibra bites

Chemicals were the same as below before Maracyn two and ich-x treatment, Except nitrate was 10 and nitrite 0.
Todays numbers
iron 0
copper 0.5
Nitrate 25 did 50% water change yesterday
Nitrite 1
Free chlorine 0
Alk 180
Carbonate 80
Ph 7.2
 

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Zigi Zig

Hello
ohhh my it seem your fish are already in severe condition most likely you started treatment late..There is few treatments exist, and all are best when used early. Salt rubbed on the fish's mouth, using a damp cloth, heals the condition. Adding salt to the water treats all fish in the tank, and a small amount of methylene blue in the water treats fish in a few days. Dissolving terramycin and Aureomycin in water produces results within three days. A 5 percent silver mercury solution applied directly to the diseased areas also promotes healing.
however if treatment is late eventually the bacteria will eat away at the fish's lips, face, head and other parts of the body, including the internal organs. This condition is fatal.. I am so sorry
 

Nawirl

That sounds awful. I plan on euthanizing the tetra and the platy today. I do not see any issues with the other fish. Once I remove the 2 fish and with all the treatments I’ve done so far, do you think Im good with the other fish?
 

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