I am also going through my first hypo treatment process. I have a firefish, royal gramma, coral beauty, and neon goby. It's been about 24 hours at 1.009. My pH and alkalinity are at 8.6 & 3.6. (normal readings for me are pH 8.1 & alk
The RG's skin seems "wrinkly", like his mucous coating has been sloughed off. He's breathing fine, but he is less active, and hanging in his sleeping area. He's eating, but minimally. He's still doing some scraping.
The firefish is acting perfectly normal, w/minimal scraping & normal appetite.
The CB looks good, eating fine, minimal scraping, and still a frequent visitor of the neon goby, who throughout the whole infestation seems to be the only one completely unaffected.
I guess even after all the research, I was under the impression that hypo would immediately kill off any ich on the exterior of the fish and in their gills and that the rest of the treatment period was for the tomites, etc. to get killed off. That is, until I read the post above. I also didn't know that fish might not eat for a couple of days, & could be less active.
Is there anything else that is "common knowledge" that happens throughout this process that would be helpful for us? Most reading material is on "how" to do it, but not really the "experience" that the fish go through.
Anyway, thoughts on the royal gramma? If I add some vinegar to stabilize the ph, (I read that 1 ml/gal
= 0.3 Reduction of pH), how fast can/should I add it