Foreign body in red tailed catfish

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This young catfish had swallowed objects in the past and regurgitated them but was unable to do so this time and had been off its food for a few days. An small ulcer had developed near the left pelvic fin and a darkening of the skin was noted at areas where the foreign body had an internal pressure effect. An X-ray revealed a plastic foreign body in its belly, which was gently removed under anaesthesia. The fish may a rapid recovery over the next few days.