Drax is over 2 now I know that much...
.... Everything's fine haha.
Seems for the past week or so (just back from the dorm for the weekend) Drax has been laying in this one tall plant in the back left corner (I think it's called an umbrella plant) it keeps him at about mid level. He just lays in it gasping, then after awhile frantically zooms to the top, gets air.... The. Almost like a stone falls back into the plant.
I feel like it's not an age issue, since he's been healthy till now.
I think it's a swim bladder issue. He seems very heavy, and can't float easily.
So far, lowered the water so it's just a few inches from him, let the filter pour over for abit to kinda bubble up the tank. Then turned the filter off.
The 7 neons, and ghost shrimp seem very happy so I don't think anything was transferred.
Well... *thinks back* one neon was weird a few weeks back and stayed at the bottom of the tank and got very pale, but now he's fine. Hmmmmmmmm
Anyway, no signs of ick, or dropsy, he seems to recognize me still and just now managed to get him to eat 2 pellets.
But it's actually really sad, since Peppers death (beloved family dog for over 15yrs) mom has now gotten really attached to the fish tank. And actually blames me for Draxs issue saying the other fish wear him out.... When actually all the fish completely ignore each other. In fact it was the neons that helped Drax eat now... They kept attacking his pellets till they dropped which happened to be right over where Drax is.
So yeah, what could it be? Is it just age? But when he swims up he seems like he's really pushing so I feel he has plenty of energy. Just... Can't stay afloat.