Sting Ray

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  1. Pugsly

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    just a question - earlier this year I went into a PTA LFS well known big one - not a sponsor - had a look at some fish and noticed they had a small little sting ray - was about the size of a man palm.

    Is it possible to keep a ray at home? what do they eat? it was a lovely looking fish and just glided all over the tank - very sweet
     
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    Was it a blue spotted stingray?

    They can be kept, but in a very big tank with sand as they like to bury themselves in the sand. I think they get to about 70cm long. Apparently they can become quite tame and will eat out of your hand.
     
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    thanks viper - thats very cool - can't really remember but is was not like the on on the vid - I f I can recall it was one solid colour - black, or dark blue maybe.

    What would they eat? safe for a reef tank?
     
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    Not too sure really, I think they eat shrimp, prawn, crustaceans, squid etc. You would have to do some reading up on it.
     
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    Dude, you need to have a big tank for these guys. I fish for them for the sport of it. The largest so far was +-20Kg's.
     
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    do the shops still get them in? i tried to get one about 6 months ago but without success
     
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    You could probably atilla, depends on who you know I guess

    Mek, I agree 100000 %. BTW you release & take it

    Viper , a lot is species dependent but in general you are right


    Pugs....dont even contemplate if you dont know the species , habitat etc...start there please. Sorry If sounding harsh but keeping sharks & rays is a whole new setup. If you could get a pic I could help.

    BTW I think I know where you wre & they shouldnt even be selling dogfood IMHO
     
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    Catch and release bud:thumbup:
     
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    By the way, I caught one at the beginning of the year which spawned on the sand. 5 babies, all palm size. I did my best to revive them, but sadly none of them made it except for mummy :(
     
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    BTW I think I know where you wre & they shouldnt even be selling dogfood IMHO[/quote]

    Could not agree more on that one Frans
     
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    I remember that thread Mek, very sad :(

    I thought so :thumbup: Hate it when guys just catch & catch & dont release. They end up with fish they cant or wont use. Its like big game hunting...wtf do you want to do with an elephant
     
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    @ Frans - no, no, no! I don't want one - just thought of it yesterday that I had seen one and wanted to hear what others had to say about it - I mean my 2m tank won't last that little critter too long - that would be cruel, and what do you do when he is grown!!!!
     
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    Pugs they really are awesome creatures, I would love to have one if i had the space

    BTW the short nose electric ray is quite small about the size of a dinner plate :)
     
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    frans what would you say minimum tank size for a blue spotted?
     
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    I really dont know what size tank will be suitable for a predator of that size. Like I said, they grow huge. If im not mistaken, the SASAA record is 23.3 Kg's.
     
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    thats huge!!
     
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    It is flippen big. You probably need an Ushaka size tank for keeping these guys.
     
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    Sorry, I lied. It stands at 30.3 kg's
     
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    are there any miniture rays that are suitable for smaller than ushaka tanks??
     
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