Help Ich Treatment Saga Continues

Wilson43

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We went on vacation a few weeks ago for 10 days and I think I had the auto-feeder over feeding my fish. The ammonia/nitrites were fine when we got back, but the nitrates were 80ppm+. I think that was too much for a couple of my more delicate fish. When we got home, the Blue Ram and the Pictus Cat both had ICH pretty bad, I lost a Pepper Cory, a Ghost Catfish and a couple of Neon Tetras. I didn't notice it on any other fish.

I've got a few scaleless fish so I started with API Super Ick Cure last Monday (7/22) at half dose. Within a couple of days, I lost the Ram. I lost the Pictus two days ago. I've been following the directions on the bottle for the last ten days (Treat tank>wait 48 hours and treat again>wait 48 hours and water change>Start 2nd treatment...etc). So, I'm on the tail end of the 3rd round of this stuff and I've got ICH on my Ghost Catfish and at least one Molly fry (I don't recall them having it when I started the treatment). My Rainbow Shark does the rubbing maneuver occasionally (assuming to itch or remove the parasites), but I don't see any visible signs of ICH on that guy.

I'm wondering if I should continue to medicate at half dose or if I should jump to the heat treatment. I can't do salt because the tank is planted. I'm worried my Neon Tetras won't survive the heat treatment. I also finally received my ICH-X, so I could jump to that treatment protocol of dosing a half dose every day with water 20% water changes. Here's the current 55 gallon tank stock:

1 Rainbow Shark
1 Pepper Cory (remaining)
12 Neon Tetras
1 Gourami
1 Chinese Golden Algae Eater
1 Albino Pleco
1 Ghost Catfish (remaining)
1 Mystery Snail
2 Molly (and 3 fry)

I keep the tank right at 77.5(f) and i'm wondering if the fish will tolerate a spike of 10 degrees (to 88f). I'm attaching pics of the fish that I can see the ICH on, but it's very hard to capture the ghost cat (who likes to hide under the intake sponge in the back) and the fry (who's just super tiny and fast).

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Are you're it's ich? In the pic of the molly especially, it's not presenting like I'm used to seeing - distinct white spots that look like grains of salt. It looks more fungal or bacterial to me.
 
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Are you're it's ich? In the pic of the molly especially, it's not presenting like I'm used to seeing - distinct white spots that look like grains of salt. It looks more fungal or bacterial to me.
Are you asking about the Molly fry? Because, the larger Molly doesn't have it (I suppose it was confusing to show that pic).
 

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I had my very first outbreak of ICH and opted to go with Paraguard and water changes.

Within 4 days the ICH was gone in my tank but I'm continuing the treatment for 14 days.

Maybe the medication used by OP was a bit harsher? (Paraguard is more mild and treats ICH less aggressively but the upside is it is less stressful on the fish).
 

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Are you asking about the Molly fry? Because, the larger Molly doesn't have it (I suppose it was confusing to show that pic).
Ah, I was focused on on the larger molly (beautiful, by the way) and didn't see any spots.

I'm not experienced with ich so it would be better for someone else to confirm. The spots look kind of raised. Do they seem fluffy/fuzzy?
 
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