Help Ich Help- Feed Metro And Dose Paraguard?

Koldaar

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Hi everyone,
I have a 75 gal African cichlid aquarium with all male haps/peacocks and 1 bristlenose pleco. I check my fish every day for any signs of bullying and/or illness. Everything appeared ok Saturday, but when I checked on Sunday afternoon one of my guys was riddled with what appears to be ich (white spots all over and growing on his eyes). He was hanging out at the top of the water column in a corner and spots/growths were everywhere. In my 2 1/2 years with this tank I've never had to deal with ich. What I have on hand is Metroplex and Paraguard. I also have flake food infused with Metro. I did a 75% water change yesterday and dosed the tank with Metroplex and fed the flakes. This morning I added a dose of Paraguard and fed more flakes. All the other fish ate, but the guy with all the white spots did not eat and died this morning. So him and all his spots are now out of the tank. I see no signs of ich on any of the other fish, but I still need to treat the tank for 2 weeks right? What's my best course of action with this? Paraguard dosing with metro flakes? Turn the heat up to 86F? Both? Any help is appreciated. A person can search the internet for all the answers, but when the poo hits the fan it's hard to decipher the right treatment. I'm guessing there is no "right" treatment, but maybe someone can help with the "best" treatment for my situation. Thanks!
 

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I'd turn the heat up and add some salt (I don't know how much salt per gallon so look it up or someone can help me out here)
 

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The greatest risk of Ich being lethal is .......................... humans treating it.

Not wanting to be rude or offensive, but as stated earlier Ich is a disease that is quite easy to treat, but ........

One should first be 100% sure it is Ich (only one fish showing it is quite strange)
Then choose ONE treatment based on the circumstances and stocking
Heathtreatment is the first choice (if possible) cause that is the natural way.
Temperature should be raised enough (86F) for two weeks. If the diagnose was false, a lot of diseases love the tempraise and will even kill ones fish faster.
The second choice is ONE decent med following the instructions.
Aereation is a good idea.

So my choice would be in this case : No treatment, no tempraise and keeping the meds on hand.

When Ich shows and is diagnosed properly then start treating.
 
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A few others are showing signs of ich now as well. They are all eating metro flakes aggressively except one. Not sure that one will come through now that he’s not eating.
 

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I guess that confirms it then. I would have said that since you have Paraguard on hand and have already started using it you may as well continue with it but 2 weeks plus of daily dosing a 75gal with Paraguard will be expensive. There are cheaper and more effective medications available.
 
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