Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Blue Dot Stingray
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Blue Dot Stingray
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Blue Dot Stingray (Taeniura lymma)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Expert Only
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Blue, Tan
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible No
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 1' 2"
Venomous Yes
Origin Indonesia, Vanuatu
Family Dasyatidae
Minimum Tank Size 150 gallons
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Overview

The Blue Dot Stingray is also called the Bluespotted Ribbon Tail Ray and Bluespotted Stingray. It is an attractive bottom dwelling fish. It has a tan body with blue spots and stays relatively small, but requires a 300 gallon or larger aquarium as an adult.

The Blue Dot Stingray requires sand as the substrate, as its abdomen is easily scratched by a coarser substrate, which could result in an infection. It likes to cover itself with the soft substrate as camouflage. Once acclimated, it will eat any invertebrates in the tank. The tail spine is venomous and only used for protection. Caution should be taken when netting it, or when it is not visible and maintenance is performed in the aquarium. It should never be exposed to copper-based medications.

When first introduced into the aquarium, small pieces of cleaned squid or live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. Then it may be fed shrimp, scallops or pieces of fresh marine fish.

Due to its lack of hardiness when introduced into an aquarium, it should only be kept by an experienced hobbyist.

The approximate purchase size of your Stingray is measured as the diameter of the fish.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 3" to 5" Medium 5" to 7" Large 7" to 9"

Please note: We guarantee that ALL aquaria species we offer will arrive alive and in good condition. However, because of the increased level of care required for this particular species, it has been designated as "Expert Only." This species is recommended only for the expert aquarist, zoo, or research institution please.

Customer Testimonials

David Ying Yorba Linda , CA
I started out with one Blue Dot Stingray, but quickly added two more to my 240-gallon tank. They are the most graceful swimmers in any home aquarium, and their blue dots accentuate their beauty. I give them small pieces of squid and shrimp twice a day. They eat a lot, grow a lot, and I am hoping one day they have babies! So far, I've found these fish to be extremely hardy. My tank also contains one Caribbean, two eels, two leopard sharks, one marble cat shark, one smooth hound shark, one grouper, one yellow tang, and two squirrel fish. By the way, do not put a lobster in with this group. I had one and he was doing great until he shed his skin one day and became a tasty breakfast.
David Ying Yorba Linda , CA
I have had great success with the Blue Dot Stingray. I would like to share with you how I got them to be aggressive eaters. First, I found a teacher for them, a Round Stingray. I put the Round Stingray in my tank first then I introduced my first Blue Spot Stingray into the tank. He started eating right away, following the Round Stingray's lead. I put a second Blue Spot Stingray into the tank and they re-enforce each other at the feeding time. They don't chew and swallow as well as the Round Stingray, so I mix large pieces with 1/2" by 1/2" bite-size food. Along with them, I have a Banded Shark, two eels, two Squirrelfish, one Grouper, one Wrasse, and one Yellow Tang.
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