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Basic Guide for Teacup Stingrays

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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 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 tankmates 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.


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 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

What to do 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.

Great, Quick Example of a Specimen

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


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.