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I don't like being involved in disease threads as there can be more confusion with different methods. @Colin_T asked for some info in an earlier post, I will not counter anything he says here. Heat is normally the safest treatment (and I concur with others about surface disturbance), but from the photo and your description you may lose the loach, so be prepared; ich is far advanced. And I also agree, do not change filter media; rinse it in a bucket of tank water but don't replace it.

Am I correct in assuming you only have the one clown loach? If yes, do not get any more when this is resolved, as this fish must have a group and it gets very large, up to 12 inches/30 cm. If the one you have has been alone (no other clown loaches) that is one very likely cause of severe stress, and that brings on disease.
 

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Am I correct in assuming you only have the one clown loach? If yes, do not get any more when this is resolved, as this fish must have a group and it gets very large, up to 12 inches/30 cm. If the one you have has been alone (no other clown loaches) that is one very likely cause of severe stress, and that brings on disease.
i agree. If the fish survives I would rehome it.
 
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one clown correct, always been very active. today a male guppy rolled over and slipped to the bottom. i have many fry, and a group of adults. I have a crayfish, maybe this stressed the clown, shes been here 4 months. I have a large dominant Hoplo albino loach , and a larger feather tailed squeaker. 2 tetras, 2 harlequins, 2 upside down catfish. the temperature is turned up but slow to rise in 220 litre tank with a Fluval 307 filter.
 

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one clown correct, always been very active. today a male guppy rolled over and slipped to the bottom. i have many fry, and a group of adults. I have a crayfish, maybe this stressed the clown, shes been here 4 months. I have a large dominant Hoplo albino loach , and a larger feather tailed squeaker. 2 tetras, 2 harlequins, 2 upside down catfish. the temperature is turned up but slow to rise in 220 litre tank with a Fluval 307 filter.

There are other stocking issues here, but let's get the ich resolved first. If you do the heat method without other meds, do a major water change and use that to increase the temperature part-way. This will not harm the fish. But if you decide to use meds, follow the advice of members who recommend them.
 
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ive begun treatment with aqua safe white spot and funghus liguid following a 40% water change
 

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