Guide to Freshwater Stingray
You may wonder, there are freshwater stingray? Yes, there are! Freshwater Stingray are close relatives to sharks and sawfish. Their skeletal structure are cartilaginous as opposed to the traditional bone structure. These are named after the barbs on their tails, which will be used when threatened or scared. Due to the nature of them, these are sensitive beauties, which must be taken care of very well during their lifespan.
Maintain good filtration and do a 25% - 50% weekly water change. Always treat tap water with tap water conditioner before refilling aquarium.
Freshwater stingrays are carnivores, eating frozen bloodworms, and raw shrimps. They can be taught to take from tweezers or even your hand (BE CAREFUL). Alternative foods also apply, such as tropical granules, bottom feeder tablets, shrimp pellets, and cichlid pellets.
Habitat and Environment
- Keep the water between 24° C -28° C (75° - 82° F)
- Alkalinity between 1° - 4° (18ppm - 70ppm)
- Ammonia and nitrite levels always zero
- Nitrates below 10 ppm
- pH level between 6.8 - 7.6
- Substrate should be fine sand and smooth decorations, free of sharp edges
Behavior & Compatibility
Stingrays dwell at the bottom of the tank most of the time. These rays are most compatible with arowanas, bichirs, silver dollars, and geophagus. Other species should be large and peaceful enough to not be considered prey by the rays. Plecos and suckermouth catfish do not pair well with rays, injuring their soft bodies.
The minimum recommended tank size is 75 gallons or 90 gallons for juvenile stingrays, and 180 gallons for adults. Height is not very important, however a recommended minimum length of 72"-84" and width 24"-36" is required.
- Heaters with guard around them (to avoid burning)
- Lighting with 12-hour day/night cycle
Stingray are highly intelligent and are remarkable as pets. However, stingray are difficult to care for, and those conditions must be met in order to flourish.
Different Types of Stingray (Freshwater)
- Black Diamond
- Marbled Motoro
- Super White Cross (Rare)
- Super White (Super Rare)