Aquarium Fish

Bluespotted Stingray

posted: 05/15/12
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Bluespotted Stingray
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The Bluespotted Stingray is also called the Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray and Blue Dot Stingray. It is an attractive bottom dwelling fish. It has a tan body with blue spots and stays relatively small, but requires a 150 gallon or larger aquarium as an adult.

The Bluespotted Stingray requires sand as the substrate, as its abdomen is easily scratched by a coarser substrate, which could result in an infection. It likes to cover itself with the soft substrate as camouflage. Once acclimated, it will eat any invertebrates in the tank. The tail spine is venomous and only used for protection. Caution should be taken when netting it, or when it is not visible and maintenance is performed in the aquarium. It should never be exposed to copper-based medications.

When first introduced, it may not feed. The best way to encourage feeding is by offering it small pieces of cleaned squid, or freshwater ghost shrimp. When feeding well, it can be offered pieces of shrimp, scallops, or fish.

Due to its lack of hardiness when introduced into an aquarium, it should only be kept by an experienced hobbyist.

Fish Facts

Name: Bluespotted Stingray (Taeniura lymma)

Family: Dasyatidae

Range: Indo-Pacific, Australia

Size: Up to 1 foot disc

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Sand, plants

Reef Compatible: No

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 150 gallon

Light: Medium

Temperament: Aggressive

Venomous: Yes

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Experts only

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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