Aquarium Fish

Round Stingray

posted: 05/15/12
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Round Stingray
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The Round Stingray is also known as the Spotted Stingray or Spotted Caribbean Stingray. It is a bottom-dwelling fish, with a dark brown body with tan spots and rings. The tail spine is venomous, but is only used for protection. Caution should be taken when netting it, or when it is not visible and maintenance is performed in the aquarium.

Due to its lack of hardiness, the Round Stingray should only be kept by an experienced hobbyist. A 200-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.

Feeding may be difficult in the beginning. The best way to help it begin feeding is by offering it small pieces of cleaned squid, or freshwater ghost shrimp.

Fish Facts

Name: Round Stingray (Urolophus halleri)

Family: Rajidae

Range: Northern South America to Southern California

Size: Up to 2 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: 200 gallon

Light: Medium

Temperament: Aggressive

Venomous: Yes

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Experts only

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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