Teacup Stingrays

Updated on December 30, 2016
Teacup Stingray
Teacup Stingray

Basic Care

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.

Teacup Stinray on the glass
Teacup Stinray on the glass

Dangers and Restrictions

If you are stung: Teacup Stingrays do have venomous 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, disinfect 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:

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

In most of these places it is illegal to own them 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.

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


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      skye 4 years ago

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

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      ross 6 years ago

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