I wanted to give an update on my fish. Keep in mind that my fish were at the early stages of ich and only had an average of roughly 5 white spots per fish or so. Also keep in mind that False Red Terror Cichlids (AKA Mayan Cichlids) can survive really high temperatures of water and this method may not be suitable for all types of fish/plants.
I went with a basic heat treating method to get rid of the ich because I didn't want to use any medications if I didn't have too. What I did was drop the tank level to half way to let my filter splash the top of the water for more surface agitation. While siphoning the water out, I vaccumed the bottom of the tank in case there were any ich eggs (trophonts) in the gravel, I wanted to make sure I got as many as I could from the get go. I also added 3 air stones for more surface agitation to help oxygenate the water since a rise in temperature can deplete oxygen from the tank. Most websites online say that ich cannot survive past 86 degrees, however there were a few sites that suggest 90 degree water is the temperature that ich dies at. So with this information, I then slowly bumped the heat up to 90 degrees, not increasing past 2 degrees per hour. I did this about 5 days ago, and after the second day I noticed all ich was off of my fish. I'm still treating the tank just to make sure the ich doesn't come back. So far it hasn't.
I understand that most won't agree with this method, and it may not be for some people due to the fact that they have fish or plants that cannot survive temperatures this high. I myself find it working, and like using this method better than treating with medication because of my past experience with malachite green products and the stain they leave on silicone. I also remember that malachite green has a warning about it being known to cause cancer and this is another reason I don't like using it. I do however understand that there are other products/medications that can be used for ich that do not contain malachite green although I haven't had any experience using them so I don't know how they work, or if they work at all.
There are a lot of contradicting websites out there on treatments for Ichthyophthirius multifilis (ich) and this can be frustrating. If you want to check out a website that helped guide me to using this method, check out the following website. Keep in mind that there are a couple things listed on this website that I didn't do to treat ich. For instance, I didn't remove my gravel or use salt. Using Heat to Treat Ich in Freshwater Tropical Fish - Article at The Age of Aquariums - Tropical Fish
The following is an excerpt from the website listed above.
"It has been found that Ich does not infect new fish at 29.4°C/85°F (Johnson, 1976), stops reproducing at 30°C/86°F (Dr. Nick St. Erne, DVM, pers. comm.), and dies at 32°C/89.5°F (Meyer, 1984), "
I hope this post helps someone out there, thanks for reading.