Treating ich in a planted tank
Hello, it displeases me that my first post here must be because of an outbreak of ich, but this appears to be the best place to have this question answered.
I just helped my friend turn a 55g tank I had used for an Oscar into a minimally planted tank (I say minimally because he doesn't want to spend any more money until he proves to himself he can handle the live plants) and he just recently added fish. Well, unfortunately he did not follow quarantine tank procedures (I also blame this on myself for not making sure he did this) and two of his gouramis have ich. My question is whether a treatment with aquarium salt would be deleterious to the plants?
I've searched the forums and found that many people have used true medications with success, but I'd prefer to medicate only as a last resort.