I ask this because my male is freaking me out. Ever since the biggest leaf on his Lilly plant died a few weeks ago, he's taken up hiding and getting stuck behind his filter. Literally stuck, I have to move the filter so that he can get out, and get air. Then, he swims directly back behind it and wedges himself right back in.
I did have a 3 hour commute, so I wasn't home most of the time, and as soon as I'd come home, I'd get him unstuck, he'd dart to the surface a few times, gulp some air, then squeeze himself back in. I have no idea how long he was there when I got home. I'm leaving in a few weeks to go on a weekend trip with my grandmother and I know my hubby will forget to check on him. I know he wouldn't last the whole weekend, but how long can he last without surface air? And what can I do to stop this? The closest pet store is 4 hours away, so I can't just run out and get some new things for him to hide in. The leaf that died was perfectly positioned in front of the suction cup on his heater, so he could hide behind the leaf and rest on the suction cup. He still has plenty of other places to hide, but NOOOOoooo, he wants to hide in the one spot that could kill him!!! Grrr!!!