RTC swallowed suction cup

Mfowlie626

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My 8 inch RTC decided to swallow the suction cup from my heater. I've read other posts about this but I'm finding mixed opinions. What should I do?

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Mfowlie626

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I read where an arowana ate one and finally after days coughed it out. I don't recall ever seeing a solution other than waiting.
Ok that's what I was thinking. I read somewhere saying to use Epsom salt to force it to throw it up but that seems like a last resort to me. Should I continue to feed him or not?
 

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Good news. Excellent.

Hopefully it learns a lesson here. Lol. I doubt it but hopefully.
No, the RTC will never learn. I hope the OP learns a lesson - do not have anything swallowable and inedible in an RTC tank.

Usually, if an object cannot pass from stomach into intestine, it is regurgitated. If the fish does not or cannot regurgitate the object, human help is needed in a form of massage or manual reaching in and removal. If the object passes into intestines, the fish will be dead - speaking from experience having lost RTCs before to plastic plants.
 
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