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Old 04-07-2004, 01:35 AM   #1
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sting ray died 5 hrs after i bought it!! :(

ok i need help becouse i just bought a pretty expensive costa rican spotted sting ray today, and it died a few hours after i bought it. i got home and it was dead, stuck between 2 rocks. when i bought it, it was one of the only ones with a pink nose (is a pink nose bad?). i want to buy another one tomorrow before they run out, cuz theyre pretty rare, but i dont want that one to die as well. is there something that i need to know??

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Old 04-07-2004, 01:49 AM   #2
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What are your water parameters?
What is your tank setup like?
Is your tank cycled?
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Old 04-07-2004, 01:59 AM   #3
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the tank is cycled and it has rocks and plants in it, but no other fish (they all died a while ago--i think it because of ick). could it have died if there is not enough space for it (too many rocks?).
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ps--what are parameters? (im pretty new with aquariums)
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Old 04-07-2004, 02:08 AM   #4
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the tank is cycled and it has rocks and plants in it, but no other fish (they all died a while ago--i think it because of ick). could it have died if there is not enough space for it (too many rocks?).
I would suggest figuring out what all the other fish died.. And going from there.. A Ray needs a well established very large tank with just a fine sand substrate.. They are only recommended for Experts.. What size tank do you have..

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Just with statement I would Urge you not to buy another one.. Parameters are ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, alk, Ca, ph, Salinity.. All these need to be in check way before you put any fish in the tank.. FWIW they say most Rays need a 300g + tank to survive in.. And I highly doubt you have a tank that big...

Please spare the Rays life and DONT buy another one.. They are not for beginners.. You will end up wasting your money and killing another fish..

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its a 55 gal tank. and the water is good. i have this thing to check it at home. the sting ray is about 6 inches including the tail. if i take some rocks out will it be safe?
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Old 04-07-2004, 02:18 AM   #6
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2 fish died of ick, one got sucked into the filter, and 2 died of unknown causes.
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Old 04-07-2004, 02:19 AM   #7
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its a 55 gal tank. and the water is good. i have this thing to check it at home
But that doesnt state what the levels are now.. That Thing hopefully is a master test kit of some sort.. Fish do not die for no reason.. there is always a reson to their deaths.. A 55g is no where near big enough for Any Ray out there..
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To be painfully honest no it wont.. I would say that It would probably die in about the same amount of time..

Here is an excert about the blue dot Ray
Minimum Tank Size: 150 gallons
Care Level: Expert Only
Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4; dKH 8-12
Temperament: Aggressive
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 1'
Reef Compatible: No
Caution: Venomous
Diet: Carnivore
Compatibility: View Chart
Origin: Australia, Indo-Pacific
Family: Dasyatidae

here is Thronback Ray
Minimum Tank Size: 300 gallons
Care Level: Expert Only
Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4; dKH 8-12
Temperament: Aggressive
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 2'
Reef Compatible: No
Caution: Venomous
Diet: Carnivore
Compatibility: View Chart
Origin: Mexico, Eastern Pacific
Family: Rhinobatidae

And the spotted Ray
Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 180 gallons
Care Level: Expert Only
Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4; dKH 8-12
Temperament: Aggressive
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 2'
Reef Compatible: No
Caution: Venomous
Diet: Carnivore
Compatibility: View Chart
Origin: Caribbean
Family: Rajidae

here is about a general statement that could be used for just about all Sting Rays

Due to its lack of hardiness, the Spotted Caribbean Stingray should only be kept by an experienced hobbyist. A 180 gallon aquarium with at least a two foot width from front to back is necessary for an adult. It likes to cover itself on the soft substrate as camouflage. A coarser substrate will scratch its abdomen and could cause an infection. It should never be exposed to copper-based medications. It will eat any crustacean or mollusk in the aquarium.

Again Please dont buy the Ray They really belong in the wild not in an Aquarium

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If you have this thing to check the water, can you tell the board your Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate readings? You should have a proper test kit. What is your specific gravity? Temperature?

I'll repeat what others have said- please do not keep anymore stingrays, for their sake.

Also, are the plants you have in the tank regular freshwater plants? Plastic plants? Macroalgae?
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I have a thought, just a thought, but since the ray is a definite no, does anyone have any suggestions for andrei? Maybe something a little easier to care for and well suited for a 55... something that is comparibly interesting???
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