We appreciate the words of encouragement! The ich treatment works very well- raise to 86F, add Aquarium salt and Kordon Ich attack, and every other day gravel vac and water changes. The new fish haven't shown any ich, and the superhuman sole neon tetra shook off the ich and is doing fine. Unkillable!
To reward the lonely neon, we added 6 new neons via petsmart Memorial Day sale. The driftwood is doing great, very little tannin and zero fungus. The Pleco is acting like it has a T-bone steak in there now! Here is hoping after the ich treatment is done everything will stabilize.