I used Wardleys Ich Meds and it's awesome! About $3 at Walmart. Get it. I think it will do him good. I know you might be short on money, but hey when I bought it for Fishy I paid in change. Its worth it.
Hee, I feel silly writing on my own post by myself, but I feel I should at least document everything I've tried to do.
So I just put Tian-Tian's submersible heater into the tank. Since it's really hot here in summer I haven't felt the need to keep it in the tank until now. I am convinced that, since Tian-Tian is sick, his immune system is making him think he's cold and so he huddles at the bottom of his tank.
I'm hoping, too, that the heater will help kill off the remaining ich in the tank.
Question: Should I cover the heating pad? It's supposed to be covered with gravel, but since I got rid of the marbles I've attacked it to the side of the tank. I don't think Tian-Tian would be dumb enough to go burn himself on it... would he?
I don't think he would. But if he's still got ich I advise meds soon. Ich kills quickly. I came up with this idea. Today I took Fishy out of his tank and gave him a salt bath, because for some reason the white spots fall off in a salt bath then I quickly took him out and put the wardleys in his cup to kill anything. Then in his 2 gallon bowl I super overdosed the meds (he's still in the cup) I was hoping that if I overdosed meds then rinsed well with hot water, that it would kill everything. So if you get that Wardleys' stuff you could try that.
Raise the heat up to about 86 degrees, Ich can not survive that temperature. your fish will become very lazy in the hot water, but should be able to manage it. Raise it slow though to keep temperature stress to a minimum.
Also note, when the spots seem to go away, that is when it is reproducing in the substrate and comes back even stronger.
I'll see if I can get to the store later today. I need to buy more water conditioner, anyway, lol. :)
Well, the temperature has been rising slowly, but steadily. Tian-Tian has made more swimming efforts, but otherwise has not done much else. He was swimming just a moment ago but he's back to sulking in his castle again.