Very sick Oscar, please help!

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Hi everyone, new to the site so TIA for all your help, here's whats going on:

My tank: 125 gallon with one 12-inch 3 year old oscar, two senegal polypteruses, 4 yoyo loaches, 1 clown loach, and one featherfin catfish. Had a small jack dempsey until this morning.

About a week and a half ago I did something I totally regret, bought a couple feeder fish from the LFS and dumped them in my tank. They had ich. I immediately started treating with Seachem Paraguard (concerned about my scaleless loaches so I went with something mild) but it quickly spread to the featherfin and my oscar. I continued the paraguard treatment daily and raised the temp to 85 degrees, after a few more days the featherfin is completely back to normal and it hasn't spread to any of my other fish. I noticed the JD did not look good last night and unfortunately found him dead this morning. My oscar has had a few ich spots on him throughout the entire time but has not looked terribly bad, but is really gasping for air and breathing heavily today. I have two large air stones and a lot of water movement from one of my filters so oxygenation should be OK.

I called out of work to set up a hospital tank, and that's where he is now. Still keeping the temp in the mid-80s, with 0.01% aquarium salt and a half dose of Rid-ich+ (half dose because I'm worried he's too sick to tolerate a full dose, I have read about it killing some fish). Still getting aeration from a filter and stone. Out of panic or frustration because nothing's working or I don't know what, I also dosed him with melafix in case that might help. Is there anything I'm doing wrong and what else can I do? There's not much ich on his body but his breathing looks AWFUL. Thanks for any help, this guy means the world to me.
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Ich can attach itself to the gills of the fish and interfere with breathing.

Melafix will not help, it will make it worse.
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For clarification, the melafix was for any secondary bacterial infection that might be going on after the ich has damaged the gills. I couldn't find anything online that said it would make anything worse which is why I tried it.
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