The Round Stingray is also known as the California Stingray. It is a bottom dwelling fish, with a brown body and yellow spots. The tail spine is venomous, but is only used for protection. Caution should be taken when netting it, or when it is not visible and maintenance is performed in the aquarium.
Due to its lack of hardiness, the Round Stingray should only be kept by an experienced hobbyist. It is a temperate species and requires a 180-gallon aquarium with water temperatures between 72 and 78 degrees. The aquarium itself should have at least a two foot width from front to back for an adult. It likes to cover itself on the soft substrate as camouflage. A coarser substrate will scratch its abdomen and could cause an infection. It should never be exposed to copper-based medications. It will eat any crustacean or mollusk in the aquarium.
Feeding may be difficult in the beginning. When first introduced into the aquarium, small pieces of cleaned squid or live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. Then it may be fed shrimp, scallops or pieces of fresh marine fish.
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