yeah it's ich. i looked at multiple fish, and examples on the net, and yeah i can 100% say its ich. i think it may have a bit to do with the crayfish cruising the tank at night causing stress on the fish during their sleep. so until the ich is cured, the cray can hang in a rubbermaid tub, with normal feeding. i have noticed that the last 3 striped cats i've bought have been killed by the crayfish, so the only bottom feeders i'll keep for now are my plecos who seem to find good hiding spots during the night.
i started the first dose of marineland ich remedy this morning, and when i came home noticed all the fish were cool and collected, as if they were realizing the water additives were helping. then i saw the crayfish, very still....very placid. very abnormal. so, i figured the medication was screwing him up. i pulled him out of the tank into some fresh water in a tub and he is as peachy as can be. no fatalities halfway through day one. so....so far i think we are doing all right. less stress, meds, and a good nights rest should be the best thing for the crew.
Bump: and water has been perfect, results as of saturday:
NH3 0.15 ppm