Freshwater stingray care sheet
Congratulations on becoming a privileged owner of these incredible creatures. We hope this freshwater stingray care sheet will help your new stingray have an easy transition to its new home. Taking the time to get find out more about your new fishy friend will help ensure that it will thrive in your aquarium.
Please take the time to read through these care sheets and blog posts before introducing your new stingray to your aquarium.
If you have any questions that you can’t find answers to here. Please let us know because we are happy to help. We value your questions and love to find new ideas for our future blog posts to help others.
Freshwater stingray care sheet | Stingray Origins
This species of Freshwater Stingray originates from the rivers of Brazil, South America; Rio Xingu, Rio Fresco, Rio Curua and Rio Iriri. The fish we supply are tank bred. They have not been taken from the wild so they are accustom to aquarium conditions and do not come with the inherent problems that some wild caught rays may come with; such as trouble feeding, worms, parasites and very low tolerance to
Freshwater stingray care sheet | Acclimatisation
The acclimatisation process is critical to allow your fish to become used to your tank conditions, water parameters and temperature
after its journey. Failure to do this process may result in severe stress and fatality of your ray. We do not run R.O water systems with any of our rays which means that our rays should be easy to condition to your aquariums and are generally more hardy than rays which have been brought up in R.O systems.
We recommend following our 12 steps to introduce your new stingray to your aquarium. This advice offered in this freshwater stingray care sheet is offered with good intent, and is based on a system that works for us with the hundreds of rays that we have introduced to our
12 steps to introduce your stingray to an aquarium
Please download our freshwater stingray care sheet for reference during the acclimatisation process
- Your ray will be packed in a plastic bag inside a poly box. Once you receive your ray or arrive home don’t delay.
- There are a few methods that people adopt but we will offer you advice on our preferred method which is to slowly empty the bag with the ray and its water into the poly box (make sure it’s clean).
- Once the ray is safely in the poly box in its water that it has arrived in you can start a trickle of water into he box from your aquarium. A tip; use a 6mm airline tube and start a syphon. The water will very slowly start to fill up the box.
- Using a 6mm airline tube the water will be slow enough that the ray should easily be able to become used to your tanks water parameters and conditions.
- When the box becomes full empty the water out of the box until a quarter empty and repeat process. As an approximate guideline you want to complete at least 2-3 complete fill and empties of the poly box approx. 45 mins to 1 hour.
- Watch your ray. Its breathing should be relaxed and slow. If it seems like the ray is gasping continue to acclimatise and check your water parameters.
- Now your ray is ready to enter into your tank.
- Scoop the ray up in a plastic container and lower it into the tank – this is the least stressful way for the ray to enter your tank.
- If this is not possible then using a net slowly allow it to swim into the net. Try to have its head in the belly of the net and the tail out the end so that the chance of the barb becoming tangled is limited.
- Turn the light off so your ray can become accustomed to its new home.
- Your ray will have been starved for its trip, therefore it will be hungry. After about 30 mins try it with a small amount of food.
- If your ray is entering a tank with other tank mates we advise that you keep a watch to ensure the ray is not being bullied or the other way round too.
Freshwater stingray care sheet | Feeding and Diet
All our rays are fed a varied diet to help healthy growth. They have a high metabolism and therefore require good food to allow it to develop well. Rays will except sinking pellet food, but in our experience you will get the best out of your ray feeding more nutritious food. Here are our recommendations:
Frequency – Pups should eat at least twice a day, while adults at least once a day
Pup Food – Frozen blood worm, chopped, white bait, chopped mussel, chopped prawn
Adult Food – Mussels, prawn, white bait
Especially relevant, is that we recommend frozen blood worm rather than fresh as it reduces any chance of bacteria in the food. Avoid live food if possible. Rays can struggle to eat other food after live food is on the menu.
Freshwater stingray care sheet | Keeping Healthy
First of all, watch and study your ray and learn its habits. Rays are very good at telling you if there is something wrong. They will quickly go off their food, become less active and may start to breath heavily. These can be signs of something wrong with the conditions. If you are concerned contact us and we will be happy to try and offer advice.
We very much hope that this freshwater stingray care sheet has been helpful for you and as a result, your ray is now safely swimming around your aquarium.
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