I currently have 4 mice: 2 male, 2 female. I have a 5 gallon tank which Missy (female, 'Frizzy' type) and her 9 healthy pups are in. And I have a 10 gallon tank which I have a clear thick plastic divider separating it. On one side is Nickle
(male, 'Silver' type) and Popcorn
(female, 'Lethal Yellow' type), and the other side is Toby
(male, 'Long hair-Broken marked black' type).
Long story/Their history
This is first time owning mice. They were supposed to be live feeder mice for my bf's snake, but they were too cute so I kept a couple as pets.
Before I just had Toby and Nickle, and they chilled in the same tank together; it was cute, they were like brother, so tight with each other. Then got a female and she started causing problem.... Toby's a little... different, I swear he's a dog... He's the calmest mouse ever; loves pets, ear and lower jaw scratches, will just hang out in between your legs (when you sit cross legged). So whenever I took him over to my bf's house for a sleep over, he'd always get picked on by the other mice, such a pansy.
Anyways, We went to get more feeder mice and I really liked the gold one that we got, so we kept her. There was another gold (male) mouse which I would assume his Popcorn's brother. He seemed kinda sick?? He was sneezing when we got him. BF fed that one to his snake later that night because he feared that that mouse would get the other ones sick.
Back ta my place, once I got the female in, Nickle started getting aggressive and attacking Toby all the time. So I ended up getting a 10 gallon tank, and putting in a divider. Worked well for about a week. Sure Nickle would try and get at Toby, but they plastic was doing it's job. (Nickle and Popcorn stay on the same side as they get along and I want them to breed.)
But last night, I heard fighting. I just thought it was Nickle and Popcorn getting they're hump on, cause I've heard them go at it before late in the night.
I get up this morning to see that Toby had gotten a rip in his ear!!
I bet Toby was chilling by the divider (at the sides, there's like a 2mm gap) and Nickle managed to nip him. But this isn't the first time Toby's been attacked, so I figured he'll be fine. (At bf's house one night, Nickle's brother, attacked Toby and nipped his bum a little, they're full healed and A-OK now)
Short story/main point
After comforting Toby a bit, I noticed he's almost consistently sneezing. Yesterday morning he was sneezing just a little bit, but it lasted a whole 10 minutes. I assumed he was like me when I get up in the morning and am groggy and sneezy, which later passes as I become more awake).
But his sneezing right now has lasted a couple hours, and sometimes when he breathes hard, it kinda sounds like mice taking a drink from a hanging water bottle and it makes that 'lap lap lap lap' sound from the metal ball clanking.
Nickle and Popcorn haven't shown any sneezy symptoms and they're all in the same tank with just a piece of plastic separating them.
-I use aspen bedding
-I've only had him for about a month so it can't be old age
-His poop is still the same as when I got him, ergo health bowels? (lol...)
-No fogginess in the eyes
-No discharges from anywhere
-Breathing seems a little bit irregular from the norm on occasion
-Still eating normal amounts on a regular basis
-Other than the sneezing, he seems ok
So any ideas as to what he might have and/or things I can do to make him better?
I was *maybe* thinking he might have developed some sort of asthma problem?
Thanks in advance!