I haven't been here in a while... things have been quiet since most of my fish were wiped out a month or 2 ago.. (lost 7 black neon tetras and a neon blue dwarf gourami all in about 48 hours apparently to ich) leaving me with one dwarf gourami and a spotted cory... both of whom were doing well so I was relectant to mess with things... until this past weekend.. I finally bit the bullet and replaced my black neon tetras and got a few ottos (yeah yeah too many fish at once...playing by the rules hasn't brought me much luck so I just said 'whatever') -- anyway... guess what!!
2 days later I woke up to one dead tetra.. I chalked that up to the shock of the move... but then started noticing those darn white spots on the remaining tetras
this morning I noticed at least one of them also has some weird greyish patches (fungus maybe??)
anyway... last time I had no medicine and being at least 45 minutes from a store (and without a car) decided to try treating the ich (it was assumed to be ich anyway) with heat (raised the temp slowly up to about 88º) as was suggested by a couple people here -- but I think it may have been too little too late as like I said, they all died...
this time I made sure to buy some rid-ich while I was there buying replacement fish... thankfully!!
now my question is... the bottle says to remove the carbon... does that mean remove the filter cartridge altogether... or just cut a hole in the fiber pouch and shake it out??
if I shake it all out then I assume I just need to replace the entire filter cartridge when I'm done treating the fish??
also... assuming these grey patches are something else.. should I also be treating the fish for a possible fungus infection as well?? I have some pimafix... I don't know if it would be worth it to throw some of that in there as well... just as a precaution.. any ideas?