Animal Stories - California Stingray

Animal-World Information about: California Stingray

   The California Stingray or Round Stingray, have two plates in their mouth which are used for crushing the shells of crabs, prawns, and molluscs. This ray would take squid and shrimp from our hands so you could feel the plates in the mouth!
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mike kazma - 2008-08-13
I just got a California stingray. It is the greatest animal I have ever kept. I found it was a good idea to get a couple of snails that bury in the sand. These help to stop unwanted bacteria from growing in the sand and they eat any food waste that would deteriate the water quality. One thing, I cannot find good info about other fish that can be kept with her. I would be interested if anyone has any info on this subject.

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  • Sbmarvin - 2013-09-15
    There is a lot of controversy over tank mates. My stingray was the last one added to my tank. But I haven't had any problems. I have a 750 gallon with a skimz 352 protein skimmer, an in line uv filter (controls parasites) refugium and sump that holds almost all my equipment along with some algae. Inside my tank I have some coral and Acropora s. Tank mates includeva school of cromis, maxima clams, 2 solon fairy wrasses, orange shoulder tang, drumfish, 4 urchins, and an Australian Harlequin tusk fish. Many people have said that the round rays leave almost anything prior to their addition alone including shrimps but small additions after them they tend to think is food. Mine is very docile. Fyi I also have a sea grass bed and my ray loves it. Also have multiple marine plants that keep my nitrates way down and increase oxygen levels in tank. Tanks been running for 2 1/2 years, have had the ray for 7 months. So keep peaceful fish and add the ray last for best results.
Liam - 2012-07-30
How do I get salt water? And do I need a special kind of filter for it?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-08-01
    You normally mix your own salt water using aquarium salt and a hydrometter to measure the salinity.  Filter depend on size of tank and what you are doing.  A wet/dry system is the norm.
  • person - 2012-11-12
    Exactly how much salt (1,2,3 cups?) do they need, and can u feed them dead/cooked shimp?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-12
    The bag will tell you how much to add.  Make sure to get a salinity meter to assure you have and maintain the right salinity.  You can feed uncooked shrimp.
Mansuper - 2012-04-26
I have my ray for a few weeks now. I can tell it was wild caught. After hand feeding it, it will come up and take food out my hand. It is still a little hand shy but I always try to feed by hand. The next thing is make sure the ray has food on the bottom of the tank for night time. The are pretty active at night and do eat it. The next thing is water quality. I use a protein skimmer and an inline UV light. I also have a sand star. And as far as the ray going after smaller fish and inverterbrates. The ray leaves them alone. I have ample spots in my tank for hidding and use over half the tank for him. I am looking at new tanks. I found one in my local aquarium store that they use for frogs. Its 80 gallons. It is the same size as a 125 gallon but the sides aren't as high. But the same setup as for the skimmer and uv light. And these animals are awesome to have as pets. Great for watching and great for the kids to learn about them.

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  • anicemess - 2012-05-04
    What do you use for hiding spots?
motasm - 2011-01-31
Hi I want to know about the tank size well you said 75 gallons minimum but us or uk gallons?

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  • theo jameson - 2012-04-12
    He means standard US gallons.
adam - 2010-06-09
I have a stingray and it's been fine and now it has stringing stuff coming off it. I didn't know if it was growing or just dying? Thanks for any info I can get.

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  • motasm - 2011-01-31
    Go to a pet DR. he may help.
  • Jed - 2011-07-12
    Hi Andrew, I hope this helps. I think the reason why he's eating your newly added chromis is because any new small fish you're putting in makes him think it's food. Or if not, he could be territorial. I think if the fish were there before the ray, it won't eat them.
  • rex12345 - 2012-04-12
    Its just growing so don't worry.
Moni - 2011-07-30
I have had my stingray for about a week and he has started doing backflips all the time almost constantly unless it's feeding time or someone walks up to the tank. I've never seen him do that even when he was at the store for 3 weeks while I got my tank set up... Just wondering if anyone knows if it's a bad thing or not!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-30
    There are back flips and back flips. U-Tube there is a video of california stingray just haning out and he does go up side down and then around. I don't know if this is what you mean by a back flip. Here's the link-
Andrew - 2010-06-17
I have a california stingray and my tank was going well with the stingray, one clownfish, two gobies and one royal gramma. I then went out and bought three green chromis. The stingray then killed two of them so I bought more and started feeding him more (two 1'' long krill or pieces of clam or silversides once a day) though he then killed the 2 new ones I bought. The chromis are the same size of the clownfish and he hasn't bothered my larger chromis or my clownfish. Should I feed him even more?

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  • motasm - 2011-01-31
    Sorry I meant it won't need more so you won't over feed it so separate them when possible.
  • gibson - 2012-02-21
    I want to order one off the internet and I was just wondering how big is your tank?
James George - 2011-04-05
I have a question. When I get back from Iraq I would love to have a stingray in my 100 gallon! But, I would like to know how big they get, how fast they grow, and how big of a tank do i need? I see that it says a 75 gall is fine but I have read and people say 75 and some say a 300 gall! I just want some good insight from people that have had these for a good bit! Please hit me back any time! Thankyou!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-05
    Attached is an article for you on the California Stingray which should give you the information you are asking about. It's hard to go to large on a fish tank (or a bird cage) so go for it. Have a safe flight back from Iraq and welcome home.
  • James George - 2011-08-10
    Just want to thank everyone for the info..I look very much forward to getting my first stingray when I,m home..Thank you again!
  • semper fidelis - 2011-10-05
    I have a california,cortez,round stingray in a 125g 6x18 x22x039;. They are hardy, eat and swim constantly also if you choose to sleep anywhere near the tank it will wake you up like a baby needing to be feed.They do though require absolute close to perfact tank water quality.Your aquarium system should be set up and cycled thouroly for 3-6monts.YOU have to test the water oftenly then adust to the out put of fish waste that the stingray will produce.I have a california ray that was a newborn and was fortunate to be raised with the highest regards to the welfare of this stingray.This fish continues to challange me and to help keep me in this hobby through the tough times .Much respect always remember what you want and go for it !
Johnny Kimbrough - 2008-05-19
I have a California sting ray. This is my second one and I have such a hard time keeping them alive. I was curious about feeding regiments i.e.(once a day or every other day) and temperature of others aquariums who own this species of sting ray. Also what does it mean when the edges of their fins are slightly folded up similar to a contact lens and his top edges are dark brown. If you have any answers to my questions or have knowledge of these symptoms please respond back. Thank you!

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  • joe - 2010-02-22
    When I go fishing in my canal, the rays I see have their fins are slightly folded up, so I think that's normal.
  • arianna - 2010-07-21
    How did you catch them did you have to get sting before you caught them!
  • deanna - 2011-03-09
    The "curled up like a contact lense" look is not normal. This is sometimes referred to as "the death curl" because typically a ray that looks like that is very close to death.
bob - 2010-08-22
I am getting one this week and I was wondering how wide do they get and also can you use a filter for freshwater and buy the same one for saltwater or will it take the salt out of the water? Please answer soon.

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  • motasm - 2011-01-31
    Well it's best to use a saltwater filter so the water may not change if possible.