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brad - 2006-07-14
Rays seem cool. I want to get one (probably the California Stingray), but other than this site, I can't find ANY info about caring for them. Should I really consider a pet like this?

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Mike D - 2006-05-22
I bought a blue spotted stingray a month ago. He chews at the gravel searching for food (I think) but often ignores pieces of fish and shrimp that float to the bottom. He isnt friendly, splashes away, will not eat from hands, and doesnt respond to verbal stimulation. I have a 200+ gallon tank and he doesnt bother the other fish. I have to make some major water adjustments in the near future and algae UV light additions. I believe my water has been fairly stable but I have lost a few fish over the months. It takes a lot of work. Unfortunately the other fish got ICH and I had to use low levels of copper. I realized the stingray was likely affected and stressed by it, so I hae changed water, raised temperature, and I have a professional coming every month now to check up on the tank. These creatures are delicate and its worth 100 dollars a month to make sure thousands of dollars in work goes undamaged and is protected. I can only hope the ray becomes more docile and friendly.

Mike

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Summer - 2006-05-12
I have a beautiful ray that we have named "RAY". I have had him for about 1 year now and he is the most wonderful, smart animal I have ever seen. He is housed with a dog faced puffer ( scooby), a eel ( spot), Lion fish ( Simba), Purple Tang ( P.Pooty) Yellow Tang ( Pooty Tang) and a clown fish named Jack. They are all the best of fish friends and do not fight or try to eat each other, they are however in a 155 gallon aquarium. I have trained my ray and dog faced puffer to come by name, eat from my hand and they even do a few tricks. Both are very smart and seem to be so lovable. Good thing we do not have a tank large enough for me to swim in. My daughter at age 10 even feeds all of these fish by hand as they are allvery gentle.
I would only recommend these to people who truely love the animals and will spend time with them. They LOVE to be talked to, they are constantly entertaining us, especially the ray doing flips in the water. Please help conserve our sealife for our children and grand children.

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Animal-World info on Horned Shark
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Damian - 2006-04-03
I have been the proud owner of a pair of port jackson's for approx 6 weeks now. they have settled in well and although the other fish seemed a bit worried when they arrived they are now all chilling together with no problems.

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Barbra - 2006-02-02
Different sexes are easily recognisable by the males claspers. This are the two penisses on both sides of the tailbase. This goes for all sharks and rays

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Anonymous - 2006-01-24
these sharks are one of the worst in Heterodontus geneus to keep. and they are a cold water species. they require a miminal of 180 gallons not 150 gallons. i would only recommend this for the mose expirenced hobbiest

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jonathan pan - 2006-01-21
not that i'm insulting anyone in particular but nurse sharks are not for the home aquarium. never even think about putting one in less than 1000 gallons. these animals grow huge up to 14ft. they need a minumum of 10000 gallons. in a 1000 gallons or less they barely can turn once 3ft. i'm not a shark expert but not a shark dummy either. i have never kept one though. i've heard them to be easy EXCEPT they need huge tanks

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Tony - 2006-01-19
I bought a blue spotted lagoon ray 24 hrs ago, in the first 10 hrs he just lay on the bottom of my tank with the occasional glide around. I have a medium sized Blue Angel which started to pick at him also - I'd recommend not keeping Angels with this type of Ray because of this. In the last 3hrs he has become quite destressed, i've put the Angel in a seperate tank, however it doesn't look as though he'll make it through his second night. All i can think of is that using tape water may still have trace elements of metals. If this is the case then of course they'll look great at the shop because most aquariums use sea to keep the cost down for water changes. My advice is to ensure you ask alot of questions of the aquarium shop staff before taking one home.
Tony

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Danny - 2006-01-18
Sleeps all day, swims all night. If water conditions are right they are hearty. The best advise I can give is to cover every inch of the top of your tank and put a weight on it. Mine tends to jump out over night. But did I say hearty! This fish has been through everything. I'd think it was a damsel.

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Animal-World info on Zebra Shark
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Natucia - 2006-01-16
Very pretty fish. A good food for them (and they love it) is a hard boiled egg, with no shell

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