Well the battle still goes on...
still having outbreaks of spots every 3-5 days, but at least every one is still eating good and active, all except for my polka-dot cardinal.
It seems the powder brown has taken a distinct dislike to him and chases him whenever in sight. Thanks to that the cardinal now has ragged fins and is by far the one getting the worst from the ich now.
I moved him up to the refugium so at least he won't be getting chased.
I also managed to solve a little problem I was having with space.
my 35 year old UV
sterilizer is simply too big to fit anywhere conveniently, I then I realized I have a big chunk of unused space between the display and refugium.
So I gutted my sterilizer, bought a new transformer, a little break-out box and mounted the whole mess under the shelf my refugium sits on. Water is pumped up at ~ 50gph and empties right back into the tank at the opposite end.
mounted the hardware up out of the way and used big hose clamps to suspend the light unit.
and the entire mess is completely hidden when the display canopy is in place.
kinda nice that every part of that sterilizer can be purchased at Home Depot, except the bulb and quartz sleeve.
I pray I never break that sleeve, don't know if I could find an exact replacement.
bulbs are super easy to find. I use 18 watt GE medical grade germicidal lamps, rated for 8,000 hours. I get them from 1000bulbs.com