Hi. Advice needed....
I'm currently into my 8th day of treating for ich. I'm using the high temp/salt method. Only three loaches were visibly affected on day 1. The protocol for day 9 calls for lowering the temp by one degree (which would be 84 degrees) and a 20% water change. My problem is that I'm still seeing white spots on those same three loaches but none on the other tank inhabitants.
I'm concerned as tomites must be in their free swimming stage in order for the treatment to be successful. After falling "off" the fish how soon do the tomites emerge? Do the tomites have only 48 hours in which to find a host before they die?
I guess the main question I have is: How many days after the last visible white spot is seen do I maintain the current 85 degrees & current salt content? It's been 8 days since the my last water change.
I've been checking water parameters every day and they remain spot on.
I don't know in the days to follow if I should:
~maintain the 85 degrees, or begin to adjust one degree lower each day until 78 is reached?
~do or not do a water change?
~add or subtract salt?
~or a combo of any of the above?
The directions I'm following never mentioned what to do if visible spots were still visible on day 9 of treatment.
I have no idea how to proceed and really need advice with this.
Much thanks in advance to anyone & everyone who can help.