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Old 06-10-2005, 01:51 PM   #1
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STING RAY

Anyone have any info on sting rays, a coworker has a blue spotted sting ray, has had it for 6 months in a 55 gal tank ,I heard they don't do well but can't find any info ,i wanted to do something different ,was thinking either some angels or a sting ray to go with my puffer
My puffer is about 12 inches long, he is tank raised and never been with other fish , I put a 1 inch wrase in there with him, he was afraid of it ,yes a 12 inch puffer afraid of a 1 inch wrase ,he is the gentle giant so I can put anything in with him as long as its not agressive for his safety
Anyway he is a unique and fun fish was thinking of putting a blue ray in there as well
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Old 06-10-2005, 02:57 PM   #2
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Sting rays are only for EXPERTS to keep (Mostly zoos and etc).

Unless you know what you are doing, do not get a ray.

If you are determined to keep one, ask the co-worker to watch how he cares for it for a few months, help him feed it, etc so you can learn about how to keep the thing.
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Old 06-10-2005, 03:21 PM   #3
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Like I said my coworker has one, (not the brightest guy) has not been doing fish long but he bought one about six months ago and its doing fine
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Says it loves shrimp and krill, east like a pig
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Old 06-10-2005, 04:01 PM   #5
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Rays require large sandy places, they burrow into the sand. The smallest recommended tank size I have ever seen for this is 180 gallons. Expert only.
Two feet minimum width of the sand bed.

Please think real hard before getting one of these creatures.
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Old 06-10-2005, 04:02 PM   #6
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Oops, I forgot to add that. I guess Hara mentioned it.

I think the minimum I have heard of is 210 gallons.

You need to think REALLY hard.

SMALL SMALL chance it will live. Most rays cost over $100, and NONE come with a guarentee after they sell it to you.
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Old 06-10-2005, 04:04 PM   #7
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Maintenance difficulty:
The Blue Spotted Stingray or Blue-spotted Ribbontail Ray is fairly easy to keep once it is feeding on it's own. .

Maintenance:
Feed all kinds of large meaty foods like small pieces of fish, squid, shrimp, crabs, prawns, molluscs, and live goldfish. Best to feed small amounts several times a day. Water in the aquarium should not be from the tap due to trace amounts of copper and other contaminants. It is best to use reverse osmosis or deionized.

Habitat: Natural geographic location:
Blue Spotted Stingray or Blue-spotted Ribbontail Ray are found from East Africa to the Western Pacific. Often seen on the Great Barrier Reef resting on sandy bottoms of caves or under ledges.

Foods:
In the wild they feed on crabs, prawns, worms, molluscs, and fishes.

Social Behaviors:
Gets along with its own kind and other fish. Watch smaller fish as they could become lunch although they usually leave other fish alone unless they are acting sick or distressed.

Sex: Sexual differences:
Unknown.

Light: Recommended light levels:
No special requirements.

Breeding/Reproduction:
Unknown.

Temperature:
No special requirements.

Length/Diameter of fish:
Blue Spotted Stingray or Blue-spotted Ribbontail Ray adults can grow to 25 cm (10 inches) not including the tail.

Minimum Tank Length/Size:
A minimum 75 gallon aquarium is recommended.

Water Movement: Weak, Moderate, Strong
No special requirements.

Water Region: Top, Middle, Bottom
Usually found on the bottom, sifting through the sand. Will sometimes bury itself in the sand.

Availability:
This fish is available from time to time
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Old 06-10-2005, 04:09 PM   #8
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You need a deep sand bed. 6", and a large tank (like hara said)

Compared to other rays, yes. It may be easier to maintain.

That is not compared to your average joe clownfish.


Dont get one unless you just have money to burn and wont care if it dies or not. They cost alot of money (as well as the setup), and chances are it will die.
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I here you and i do have a deep sand bed ans also a 125 gal tank with just one fish in it ,after reading that link i found that a 75 or better will work and the blue spotted seems to be easy, also i found a small tank raised one so I am going to give it a shot
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OK report back when it dies

Do some heavy heavy reasearch.
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