In recently had an Ich outbreak and my appisto cac female died. She didn't have any visible ich on her and the day before she died i didn't notice her as being one of my infected fish(only the tetras and my checkerboard had ich) Which worries me b/c now I'm affraid i may lose my Appisto male, which would be infinitely more upsetting b/c he's such an attractive little orange specimen. I never did see the female eat much(hardly it at all) so it is possible she was just a sickly specimen, however it had managed to live for about 6 weeks without much eating. I've been treating the tank with Maracide and am now bringing the temperature back down from 85 degrees. The Male appisto doesn't have any ich but I noticed has lost a little color around his front body to head. Most his scales are a yellow dull brown coloring but yesterday the area of his temple seemed noticeably paler than the rest of his body. I recently put my airstone back on after having it off in effort to increase the C02 in my tank b/c it is heavily planted and I learned on the plant forum that I would likely not need an airstone running save for at night occasionally. The good news is my appisto has been eating as feverishly as ever and doesn't have any ich. My hope is that the female was sickly and the discoloration near the male's temples are harmless. I apologize for this post being so jumbled but I'm at work and I'm distracted by concern for my appisto! Does anyone have any insight as to anything I should be doing differently or anything at all? Is the female dying automatically a sign of trouble to come for my male? Thank for any responses!