Originally Posted by GThiele113
What do you think the easiest and smallest stingray is to care for. Im thinking about getting one for my 125 gallon. I already have sand in it so it wouldnt be a problem. Around how much do they cost?
A small and pretty common species would be the teacup rays. You can find more info on them here... http://www.aquariacentral.com/fishin...h/stingray.htm
The thing to know about the rays is that 125 is not going to be a permanent home for any of hte rays. The teacup is about the smallest on the retail market, and they average about 26 inches around at full grown. A 125 will get you about 1/2 of the way there...
Sand is important, but also softened water, pristine, clean water... and lots of good foods. Rays are prone to skin irritations, and water quality is a big cause of that, as is coarse rocks and/or gravels in the tank. Rays need heavy circulation, so lots of filters and/or powerheads will be needed.
Feeding a ray can get quite expensive. They need shrimp, and other fresh (raw) shellfish to eat, and can be quite fussy about what they'll consume.
I would strongly suggest doing a lot of research about all of the ray species, and in the mean time I will see if I can find any other freshwater species that don't get quite so large... but I'm not remembering anything much smaller than the teacups, or as commonly found for sale.