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Hey all,

I'm planning on getting a new tank next year, and the fish in there would be a Potamotrygon Hystrix (Sting ray)
So I'm not sure if it is possible to combine them in the tank.
Since i dont want a $200 fish to get eaten by Oscaritus, or a poisoned stinged Oscaritus..
I don't want to rehome Oscaritus since well, the people here like 10 gallon tanks with tetra's, and our LFS will just sell it to someone that puts it in a 20 gal tank. And here in the rest of the country the tanks are very expensive and not allot of people have one. And i do not want that to happen :( also, he only takes food from me, that will be a problem...
Since it will be a custom tank, it won't be very high, stingray based tank, it's about the bottom space not the gallons.... So should i then just ask them to make it higher or still rehome to Oscar.

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OFL replied the topic: New Tank.

The freshwater stingrays I have seen for sale are normally far too big for an Oscar to eat. I don't know much about these fish, but what I have seen is that they are normally kept in a tank on their own. I sold my 300 gallon aquarium to a guy who was very experienced keeping stingrays and those are the only fish he has in the large tank. So I would probably suggest that it's a very specialised and if you are going to set up an aquarium for Sting rays, you should only have stingrays and nothing else.

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Craigsfish replied the topic: New Tank.

You may want to look into the "Tea cups" My buddy has one in a 100g with an Oscar for a few years and never ran into any kind of problems...
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robham7770 replied the topic: New Tank.

Is it possible to keep the Oscar where he is and dedicate the new tank to the rays?
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DMD123 replied the topic: New Tank.

Any reason for the Potamotrygon Hystrix? Is it due to smaller size? Not easy to come by a true Hystrix, most of the times they are another variety with a similar pattern and of course bigger.
A bit of info on that here: freshwaterstingray.blogspot.com

The best beginner ray is also one of the bigger ones, Potamotrygon Motoro. They are hardy and can be weened to prepared foods pretty easily.

What size custom tank are you looking to have done?

I have been researching rays for a while now. These are one of my dream fish but having the space for a ray tank is out of the question right now.
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DMD123 replied the topic: New Tank.

Craigsfish wrote: You may want to look into the "Tea cups" My buddy has one in a 100g with an Oscar for a few years and never ran into any kind of problems...

'Tea Cup' is just a generic term with three rays that are truly small and classified as such. Many times the ray is sold as a Tea Cup just due to size and then you end up with a moto.
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OscaritusTheOscar replied the topic: New Tank.

@DMD123 No, not because they are small (well i think they still can be big!) but i think they are one of the most beautiful stingrays out there and the price is reasonable.
Also, you may think it is strange but any stingrays are very hard to obtain here.
The only species i have seen are Hystrix, Motoro and Leopoldi.
Well it would be around 150 x 150 x 60 CM

@robham I really down know. Time will tell.

@craigsfish Not available here.

@OFL I don't got any answers

In my country, there are limited assortiment of 'Special' fish sold at a really high price. Also the tanks are far more expensive. And not a single shop from US or UK will ship to my country :(
A P. Hystrix is around 250$ !!
A P. Motoro is around 500$ !!
A P. Leopoldi is around 1000$ !!

I would say a 250$ isnt that much, but then you also need a tank, lightning, filtration ETC. Well you will get a big bill.
I would say around $1000+ for just a single stingray that will grow about 30cm (P. Hystrix)

A P. Motoro would be around 1500$ in total including tank etc.

A P. Leopoldi is just not affordable.

It really is not about the money, but there are limits!
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DMD123 replied the topic: New Tank.

The tank size you want should allow you a hystrix and some tankmates.

Are the rays you are looking at from a fish store? Have you looked to see if anyone breeds them? Have you looked on MFK forums and made friends with ray keepers there? They can probably give you some good leads.
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OscaritusTheOscar replied the topic: New Tank.

Yes they are from a fish store. Not a local, but at the other side of the country.

Yes i did look for someone that breeds them. But i think he stopped.

Yeah i spend hours learning posts, articles and those stuff.
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DMD123 replied the topic: New Tank.

Here in the States we are pretty spoiled being able to get many types of rays pretty easily. One of those dream fish for me and have done tons of research. Let us know how it all turns out.
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