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Basic Guide for Teacup Stingrays

I have three fish tanks and enjoy giving advice to others about their aquariums.

Learn about the basics of keeping teacup stingrays, from the recommended aquarium setup to the restrictions on these fish.

Learn about the basics of keeping teacup stingrays, from the recommended aquarium setup to the restrictions on these fish.

Basic Care

Level of Difficulty: 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 prefer thick sand substrates. Larger-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°F. They like very clean water.

As for tankmates, teacup stingrays can live with most other peaceful community fish species that can live in the same environment as them. They are very peaceful, but they will not hesitate to eat smaller fish that fit in their mouth. During breeding and spawning, the males may become more aggressive.


The teacup stingray enjoys meaty foods and a balanced diet, including bloodworms, blackworms, earthworms, krill beef heart, and an occasional snack of a healthy feeder fish. Rays eat a lot of food, so do not hesitate to feed them more if they are still 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

With stingrays, there is the danger of being stung, and these fish are illegal to keep as pets in certain states. Make sure you research and prepare ahead of time if you'd like to own one.

What to Do if You Are Stung

Teacup stingrays have venomous barbs at the end of their tail, and they do sting. Although the venom is not fatal, it is very painful. The best thing to do is to press something to the wound, soak it in hot water, disinfect it, and seek professional medical help.

Laws and Restrictions

In some states, teacup stingrays are illegal to own, or you must obtain permits to own them. The states with such restrictions are as follows:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Utah

Make sure to double-check your state's policies first. In most of the states listed above, it is illegal to own teacup stingrays because of fears they will be released in the wild and take over as a non-native species. It is never a good idea to release a fish (or any animal for that matter) into the wild.

Do Your Research Before Buying Any Pet

Before you buy any animal, always make sure you have proper knowledge and can afford the right care. Thank you.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


llama on May 05, 2019:

can two stingrays be in the same cage??

luka on March 29, 2019:

where do teacup stingrays ive

Owen on May 12, 2018:

What type of solution do you use to purify the water if it has fluoride and other chemicals in it?

skye on November 03, 2013:

Hey can you tell me how big do normal teacup stingrays get?

ross on January 24, 2012:

iam getting ready to get my frist two rays cant wait.