I think my albino bichir may have swallowed gravel what do i do

Thomas cw

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Hithere I'm currently stressing out as I believe my young albino polypterus palmas may have ingested a small piece of gravel as she has a abnormal lump on her right flank that has a dark patch around it. I really don't want her to die she is an amazingly beautiful fish. I know that one of four things can happen if she has she'll either regeretate it or it'll find a place in her stomach where it can hurt her until she's big enough to pass it or she'll pass it or it'll cause an impaction and she'll die which I really don't want to happen she's had it for at least two days now as I noticed it last night. What should I do and is it actually gravel or is it just a lump of good as it appears to have decreased slightly over the course of today.

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Hithere I'm currently stressing out as I believe my young albino polypterus palmas may have ingested a small piece of gravel as she has a abnormal lump on her right flank that has a dark patch around it. I really don't want her to die she is an amazingly beautiful fish. I know that one of four things can happen if she has she'll either regeretate it or it'll find a place in her stomach where it can hurt her until she's big enough to pass it or she'll pass it or it'll cause an impaction and she'll die which I really don't want to happen she's had it for at least two days now as I noticed it last night. What should I do and is it actually gravel or is it just a lump of good as it appears to have decreased slightly over the course of today.

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What do you feed the Albino Senegal? It will be difficult for it to pass gravel but hopefully the gravel was very small. That's why most of the Polypterus members use sand for substrate. I personally had gravel with my Senegal Polys but after reading about danger of gravel removed and changed with sand. You can dose aquarium with Epsom Salt non fragrance it is a laxative.
 

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Hithere I'm currently stressing out as I believe my young albino polypterus palmas may have ingested a small piece of gravel as she has a abnormal lump on her right flank that has a dark patch around it. I really don't want her to die she is an amazingly beautiful fish. I know that one of four things can happen if she has she'll either regeretate it or it'll find a place in her stomach where it can hurt her until she's big enough to pass it or she'll pass it or it'll cause an impaction and she'll die which I really don't want to happen she's had it for at least two days now as I noticed it last night. What should I do and is it actually gravel or is it just a lump of good as it appears to have decreased slightly over the course of today.

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might be a small rock, but it could also be some sort of growth. its infinitely hard to determine from pictures alone
 
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What do you feed the Albino Senegal? It will be difficult for it to pass gravel but hopefully the gravel was very small. That's why most of the Polypterus members use sand for substrate. I personally had gravel with my Senegal Polys but after reading about danger of gravel removed and changed with sand. You can dose aquarium with Epsom Salt non fragrance it is a laxative.
I know it is best to keep bichirs on sand or bare bottom tanks but im afraid that if i remove all the gravel it will spook and stress all my other fish out. Im also not sure how my other fish will react to the salt. I thank you for the advise though. The other fish in that tank include three bala sharks, a synodontus catfish, pimpictus, striped dora, hopplo catfish, apollow sharkminnow, parrot cichlid, two silver dollars, a flying fox, a rainbow shark, a common pleco, a bulldog plec, three senegal bichirs
 
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I know it is best to keep bichirs on sand or bare bottom tanks but im afraid that if i remove all the gravel it will spook and stress all my other fish out. Im also not sure how my other fish will react to the salt. I thank you for the advise though. The other fish in that tank include three bala sharks, a synodontus catfish, pimpictus, striped dora, hopplo catfish, apollow sharkminnow, parrot cichlid, two silver dollars, a flying fox, a rainbow shark, a common pleco, a bulldog plec, three senegal bichirs
You can treat in a separate aquarium or small tote. I should have stated that earlier my apologies.
 
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Thomas cw

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You can treat in a separate aquarium or small tote. I should have stated that earlier my apologies.
i dont believe i have a smaller aquarium also what is a tote? No apologies needed should have really thought thats what you meant
 
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