48 hours and two extra heaters later, I finally have the tank running at 86 degrees. Plenty of aeration. Still running the same concentration of salt. Need to do a water change tomorrow, but parameters are still steady.
All white spots are nearly gone. No more dead Neons; from what I can count, I'm at around 23. They are swimming and eating strong. Ottos are very active, as well. Moved the Betta down into the sump. He seems MUCH happier down there, but it's sad no one gets to see him
From what I have read, this means that the parasite has now moved into the next phase of its life. All of the spores are now down in the substrate, waiting to procreate and explode into the water column by the thousands. So, it's important to have the salt in the water column to keep the new spores from being able to reattach to the fish and find a new host.
My temp is barely at 86 according to my run-of-the mill thermometer. All 3 heaters are at max heat (2x 150 watt, 1x 100 watt). One in the sump and two in the display. My apartment stays around 70 degrees, so maybe it's a tall order to ask for a 20 degree difference? Keeping a blanket on it at night, but I can't keep it on there while the lights are on...
I know that anything under 86 basically makes the stuff stronger, so I'm trying hard to keep the temps up. If anyone actually reads this drivel, any tips on how to space or organize the heaters are appreciated.
Oh! I added a bunch of shrimp and some MTS courtesy of shloken38. The ones I can find are looking good!
A lot of them colored up a bit already. Hoping they start breeding once the tank is back to its usual temp and no salt.
Now - what all of us on this forum are concerned about...the plants
. So far so good. The only thing noticeable is the Vals look diferent. It's almost like you can see the cell structure better? They still feel strong to the touch, and the flowers are still doing well, but they don't look like they used to. Not sure if it's good or bad. Just because there is salt and the high temps, I am assuming bad. I'll try to post some pics tomorrow, but the camera phone probably won't do it justice.
The Anubias are still looking kind of stagnant. Some new growth, but very slow (as expected), and the tips and sides of probably half the leaves are cracked or a little "burnt" looking? Again, try to post some pics tomorrow.
Noticed a bunch of growth in a few of the Java fern. The rest are still slow and steady.
Anacharis are steady and starting to really get long
The Crpyts, to my surprise, are the stars of the show. Lots of new growth, and even a decent little runner
The moss is still very slow growing. Makes me appreciate it more, I guess.
Wisteria and Diandra seem to have maybe slowed down a bit? Maybe not.
They look good, though.
I was lucky enough to find a guy on craigslist who buys tons of used aquarium stuff from people and stockpiles it in his huge garage. I picked up a heater and ten gallon aquarium from him for 10 bucks. I wish I had a bigger place just so I could take advantage of all the deals I could get from him.
I've considered taking all the fish out and keeping them in the 10, but they really do seem happy. And the thought of cramping them all in a 10 while the tank cycles out the ich doesn't seem worth it.
Either way - got myself a QT tank