I will say that the last couple of hours I've been watching him, he's been doing the yawn thing, but doing it multiple times in a row, like something's up with his gills. I haven't been over flaring him (I only exercise him for 10-15 seconds at a time). There doesn't appear to be any connection between that and his going up for air either.
So, paranoid me did a few things. I took out the anubias that refuses to thrive out of his tank (it's kind of melting on me... the one in Esmeralda's tank is great, the one in his is just... bleh), and threw that in .5 gallon QT tank for some observation. I also gave him a 90% WC and good dose of AQ salt. Pretty sure it's not ammonia anything, tests show I'm at .02ppm (I WC as soon as it hits .05ppm).
He's still cruising his tank like he always has, still has an appetite... he has been hanging out near the bottom, but this behavior is in direct correlation and proximity to his new snail buddy, who has yet to make any forays off of the ground (though he's moving around doing his thing too), so I'm thinking that's just Tycho hanging with his friend.
I wish fish could talk.
EDIT: water parameters from Sunday, LPS tested: pH 7.6, 0's for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate, 10 for GH and 8 for KH.
The Duchess (sapphire blue VT)
SIP Tycho Constantius, Esmeralda Iriel, Gadreal Tyraneous Limerick v.1 and v.2, Elije Sivith, Sherlock Phoenix
SIP Rowan Alexis, Cassini Icarus, Phaedra Li
Last edited by EvaJupiterSkies; 11-14-2013 at 08:09 PM.