Blue Spotted Stingray
The Blue Spotted Stingray or Blue-spotted Ribbontail Ray are one ot the most unusual marine animals available. They 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. For the first few feedings we impaled food on a long pole and placed it very near the mouth to entice the ray to eat. Once they get the idea they eat almost anything.
The spots on the Blue Spotted Stingray or Blue-spotted Ribbontail Ray are usually blue or light brown. The tail is slightly longer than the body and has a spine, the stinger, about halfway down the tail.
NOTE: Be very careful when handling these animals as a sting can be extremely painful. If you do get stung immediately soak it in hot water and call a doctor!
For more Information on keeping marine fish see:Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Blue Spotted Stingray, Taeniura lymma
Out in the wild
The Bluewspotted Ribbontail Ray, as it is also called, will grow a total of 28" including the tail! The body will grow to just under 12" and this ray will need a tank that is beyond most aquarists reach. A tank that is over 300 gallons is needed to help them feel comfortable, along with a sandy bottom and only a ledge to take refuge under. Use water that has no traces of copper or other contaminants that are typically found in tap water. Use reverse osmosis or deionized water. They are difficult to feed, and need live shrimp or marine worms to get them to start. This is for an advanced aquarist. The tail's spine can inflict a painful wound.
Maintenance difficulty: The Blue Spotted Stingray or Blue-spotted Ribbontail Ray is fairly easy to keep once it is feeding on it's own.
Maintenance: Feed all kinds of large meaty foods like small pieces of fish, squid, shrimp, crabs, prawns, molluscs, and live goldfish. Best to feed small amounts several times a day. Water in the aquarium should not be from the tap due to trace amounts of copper and other contaminants. It is best to use reverse osmosis or deionized.
Habitat: Natural geographic location: Blue Spotted Stingray or Blue-spotted Ribbontail Ray are found from East Africa to the Western Pacific. Often seen on the Great Barrier Reef resting on sandy bottoms of caves or under ledges.
Foods: In the wild they feed on crabs, prawns, worms, molluscs, and fishes.
Social Behaviors: Gets along with its own kind and other fish. Watch smaller fish as they could become lunch although they usually leave other fish alone unless they are acting sick or distressed.
Sex: Sexual differences: Unknown.
Light: Recommended light levels: No special requirements.
Temperature: No special requirements.
Length/Diameter of fish: Blue Spotted Stingray or Blue-spotted Ribbontail Ray adults can grow to 25 cm (10 inches) not including the tail.
Minimum Tank Length/Size: A minimum 75 gallon aquarium is recommended.
Water Movement: Weak, Moderate, Strong No special requirements.
Water Region: Top, Middle, Bottom Usually found on the bottom, sifting through the sand. Will sometimes bury itself in the sand.
Availability: This fish is available from time to time.