Level of Hardness: Moderate-Advanced
Setting up an aquarium: Teacup stingrays need big aquariums, no less than 125 gallons. They can reach a size of 15 inches not including the tail. They need plenty of space to swim at the bottom of the tank. They much prefer thick sand subtrates. Bigger size aquarium plants and decorations are okay at the sides and back of the aquarium and will most likely not be 'touched.'
The Teacup thrives in soft water conditions with a pH of 6-7 and a temperature from 76-82 degrees F. They like very clean water.
As for tank-mates Teacup Stingrays can live with most other peaceful community fish species that can live in the same environment as them. They are very peacueful, but will not hesitate to eat a smaller fish that fit in their mouth. During breeding and spawning the males may become more aggressive.
Feeding: The Teacup Stingray enjoys meaty foods and a balanced diet includng, bloodworms, blackworms, earthworms, krill beef heart, and an occasional snack of a healthy feeder fish. Rays do eat a lot of food, so do not hesitate to feed it more if it still is hungry.
Teacup Stingrays are very prone to not eating and starving. They are usually bought with many parasites. Always make sure to see the fish being fed in the store before you buy it.
Dangers and Restrictions
If you are stung: Teacup Stingrays do have venemous barbs at the end of the tail and they do sting. Although the venom is not fatal it is very panful. The best thing to do is to press something to the wound, soak it in hot water, disenfect it and seek professional medical help.
Laws and restrictions: In some states teacup Stingrays are illegal to own, or you must require permits to own them. The states are:
Great, Quick Example of a Specimen
Before you buy any animal always make sure you have proper knowledge and can afford the right care. Thank You.
More by this Author
Don't Have much space for a large farm with large farm animals? Well, I have gathered information on many species of livestock that are 'smaller' than your average breed, or they are just small in general. The animals...
There are many Pleco species in the world. Pleco is the common name for Catfish species in the family Loricariidae. They are all different types and colors of pleco, and they have all different personalities. Plecos...
Morning in the Amazon. Mark Goble via Flickr (CC BY 2.0) The Amazon is the second-largest tiver in the world. It's home to over 2,100 species of fish, with more being discovered each year. It is a very diverse habitat....