Just checking in for an update, and I have some promising news
I looked at the white under my microscope and all I saw were cells. I also looked at my boy with a 6x magnify glass and can not see any worms. There for I have held off on treatment for it. I'm not saying he doesn't have it but just looking for more clues.
Since he was getting so stressed and unwell every water change I lessened frequency to every other day 100%. Also increased the aquarium salt to 2.5tsp per gallon.
Now here is the interesting part as far as more clues go..........
Yesterday I went to feed him breakfast and was shocked to see a brown clump of tissue hanging out of his affected gill. It was the size of a small pea!!!! I have no idea how something so large could come out of him........I was going to take a pic for all of you but he started his wiggling around as he does everytime I approach. This caused it to come off when it rubbed against his plant. Then another wiggle pushed a smaller pinkish brown piece out.
I obtained the pieces and looked at them under my microscope and can't make anything out of what I see. Just clumps and some small black speck the do not move..( my microscope is not working great to magnify further)
Now for the good news....there has been no other white stuff coming out of his gills!!! ( I am lead to assume it was slime coat/ mucus trying to flush whatever that stuff was out. Also the white across his nose is a lot less and only one 2mm x 1mm piece!! His color has improved a fair amount and His eyes are clearer!!
He still is having some balance issues and trouble catching his pellets but we are definitely in the right direction!!
Thank you for all the ongoing support and I will try to post a pic of the stuff that came from his gills when I am on my laptop because I am not sure how to from my iPad.