LBF, that's true, i forgot about them, but usually when people around here are talking about cichlid tanks, they are talking great big africans or south americans like jack dempseys or oscars. i'd love some rams someday.
Matt, I'd go with anchor worms because they're the only parasite I can think of that would wave around like that on the skin surface. AQ salt and high heat may treat those but if not, you may need to try a med like API General Cure or better, Seachem ParaGuard. Make sure it has praziquantel for sure in it.
Fishy, I don't know if I'd put any more cichlids in there but you might try some south american catfish for the bottom.
Only one of my girls has it right now but I am prepared to treat others. She's the most stressed girl in the sorority so that may be why. I will see if I can get to the lfs (they carry seachem products- a rarity in Canada) but for now aq salt, warm water, and ial are going to have to suffice. Thanks for all of the help! I am comfortable with treating a fish with a disease I can identify- I never like things I don't know about. She seems ok besides them. Acts normally.