Well after talking to Byron about the Ich, I tend to agree with him that the best course of action is to do NOTHING, unless its real bad. Stress causes Ich and dialing up the heat just causes more stress. Not saying your doing it wrong because I read tons about Ich after realizing that I had it and many said to turn up the heat as well as many other ways to try and fix the problem. I did a large water change along with varying their diet more than I had been and they have all greatly improved. The two Black Phantom Tetras were by far the worst ones suffering with it, then the Betta, then the neons. I lost the Phantoms but the other fish have improved greatly and should make a full recovery.
Man Ive never had problems before like I htave had with this tank! I accept responsibility for some of it but I believe the stress of shipping brought Ich in, not something of my doing. I have changed some things however 1) larger water changes and 2) better diet.
Hey while I have your attention....have you ever grown aquarium plants from bulbs? Just curious how long I should leave the un-sprouted bulbs in my tank. There are I think 4 that havent sunk to the bottom after being in the tank for over a week....I assume these ones are no good? The ones near the top, obviously close to the light, have algae growing on them. Three have sprouted although I dont know what happened to one of them, it had some growth on it and now its gone, I figure the fish might have been nibbling on it.
Ive recently changed my bulbs from the standard incandescent bulbs that come in the cheapo hood to full spectrum flourescents to help with the plants growth. WHAT A DIFFERENCE IN COLOR! Man do the fish stand out now! Ive got some new pics if you want to see them, just click on my aquariums tab.