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Old 03-18-2010, 01:55 AM   #1
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My Stingray!

Hello to everybody, I know it's been a while since I've made a post. Had some things come up in life, but I'm back! I want to show you guys my California stingray I got back about 6 months ago I talked about getting, but I don't think I ever put a picture up of him here! He's such an awesome stingray and he's doing soooo awesome. I named him Raymond haha. Unbelievably personable. Loves to be handfed.

Sorry if the pic isn't that great, he didn't wanna get out of the sand haha he's being lazy right now but I think he's sleeping.

My only concern I have for him is he's growing more and more everyday and I think I'm gonna have to move him into a 180 gallon at least. Right now he's happy in a 125 gallon though. What other kind of stuff or fish can I have in the tank with him?


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Old 03-18-2010, 02:14 AM   #2
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that thing looks kind big, how do you catch something like that to move tanks?
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Old 03-18-2010, 02:18 AM   #3
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Na he's actually not all that big, he's a perfect size right now for the 125 I have. But if he does continue to grow at the rate he is I'm gonna have to get him into a 200 gallon tank probably. I have a gigantic fish net I can catch him in if I ever do need to transport him.

I just can't believe how awesome he's doing! Everyone was being so negative toward me about getting a stingray saying "don't bother, they don't do well in captivity he will die blablabla" sure I'll agree on the bluespot stingray, but it seems like california stingrays actually do awesome in captivity.
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Old 03-18-2010, 03:39 AM   #4
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Everyone was being so negative toward me about getting a stingray saying "don't bother, they don't do well in captivity he will die blablabla" sure I'll agree on the bluespot stingray, but it seems like california stingrays actually do awesome in captivity.
Not true, they do just fine in activity. The issue is alot of people dont realize the size tank they tank because they take such massive ground space. Which to alot of people it means 180-200 gallons because they are buying traditional tanks. i myself am a stingray finatic and am living in florida were my favirote frshwater stingrays are illigal i am gonna have to do SW stingrays. But i plan to make a custom acrylic tank myself or a inside pond for them.
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Old 03-18-2010, 04:49 AM   #5
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Old 03-18-2010, 01:54 PM   #6
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Yeah I live in Florida too and wouldn't live anywhere else, I love it born and raised. But really, what other fish can i have with my ray? can I have any at all? I'll see if I can get a better pic of my ray too today so he's not buried.
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Old 03-18-2010, 02:21 PM   #7
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Ok - first off - Cali stingrays tend to be cool water rays (generally need water temps below 72F). So most tropical fish are pretty much eleminated - unless you can find species that do well in water temps in the range of 60's to low 70's.

A much better alternative to the cali stingray is the Cortez Stingray aka known as the Chocolate Chip Stingray. These tend to be a bit smaller (about 30-35%), and like tropical waters(72-82F). they also can be kept in a smaller tank - usually at least a 210-240 gallon (7-8'L x 2'W x 2'T). A 300 gallon is better suited for a full grown california stingray.

The tank mates you pick as long as they are big enough to not be swallowed by the stingray and dont need live rock to really feel secure then you can heve them.
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The main worry I see at the moment is that bigger tanks tend to get bigger taller and longer, not with more "floor room" to poorly phrase. That ray is gonna need a lot more sand space than i think a 200g can hold. I also expect him to need more space than that fully grown. Hopefully you're building that new tank.
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oh wow,i think your ray is very big...
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