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saints4
09-28-2009, 10:30 PM
So I just got my first ray, its a 5" reticulated female. So far she has not been very active, just hiding in the sand. Is this normal?

Red
09-28-2009, 10:31 PM
What size tank? How did you acclimate? What are your parameters?

saints4
09-28-2009, 10:35 PM
The tank is a 150,
I left the ray in the bag for a good half hour and release her near the bottom.
All the parameters are good.
Is this normal for low activity? It seems like at night she is much more active

smaug
09-28-2009, 10:36 PM
is this ray in the 125 with your arowana?

saints4
09-28-2009, 10:37 PM
Yeah, in the 150,

Red
09-28-2009, 10:39 PM
Well she might not make it, rays are very hard to adjust to water, a correct way to acclimate them would have a drip acclimation or float the bag and take water out and put some in.

saints4
09-28-2009, 10:40 PM
Its been three days, and from what I can tell she is eating

smaug
09-28-2009, 10:41 PM
Im sorry.I must have misread your profile.It says they are in a 125.Either way,it is quite normal for a ray to be shy when added to a new tank.

saints4
09-28-2009, 10:42 PM
yeah i need to change that, at first I thought I bought a 125, later to find out its actually a 150... but either way, this is normal for rays to hide for the first little bit?

Red
09-28-2009, 10:44 PM
Yeah, just make sure is eating and no death curl.

saints4
09-28-2009, 10:45 PM
No, no death curl, just alot of hiding in the sand...

Red
09-28-2009, 10:47 PM
Yeah, what are the other tankmates. What are the parameters?

saints4
09-28-2009, 10:51 PM
Just a small silver arowana... the nitrates/nitrites are all in spec, I added an ammonia remover to the filter yesturday... I think all is good with the water

MonkeyPox
09-28-2009, 10:53 PM
If your water is in spec, as you say, why would you add an ammonia remover?

Red
09-28-2009, 10:53 PM
how about you take them, and tell me and I will see if there alright for a ray. I am figuring if all the parameters are in check, then its just adjusting...

smaug
09-28-2009, 11:27 PM
Any ammo at all is not alright at all.rays are very sensitive.

saints4
09-28-2009, 11:50 PM
I only added the ammonia remover as it was recommended by a guy at the lfs

Nobodynotime
09-29-2009, 12:11 AM
A lot of rays hide in sand in the wild. I stumbled upon a 6 foot devil ray when I was scuba diving once, my flipper hit the sand and all of the sudden this behemoth came rising out of the sand.

Its a way for them to blend with their surroundings, hide from predators and also ambush food. How big is the Arowana? She could be intimidated by it and is trying to hide for that reason. Or is just a little shocked by the habitat change and is hiding until she gets used to it.

saints4
09-29-2009, 12:31 AM
Well, I just went to check on her, she was swimming about quite a bit, seems to be more active during the night

Nobodynotime
09-29-2009, 04:11 AM
Well, I just went to check on her, she was swimming about quite a bit, seems to be more active during the night

As are many rays and predators, both fresh and saltwater. I think she will be fine.

kaimarkhirst
10-11-2009, 12:02 PM
hi saints4

I am freshwater ray specialist and have kept them for well over 10 years. If it is a standard potamotrygons (usually sold as reticulated stingray) then this is fine. All Pota rays are more active during the nightime rather than the day as this is their nature. I shouldnt worry.

As for water quality, if she or he is wild caught and acclimatised, then dont worry. Everybody will tell you that its bad to keep them in water that is crap, and I agree for the long term, but standard peru rays are hardy creatures and will do fine (FOR THE SHORT TIME..)

For their characteristics, they only feed at night., there are other classifications that are more boistrous, such as marbles, tigers, and leopoldi, but standard rays are only nocturnal hunters. Best fed on bloodworm if you ask me. Its cative bred, vitamin enriched, and easy to eat. Also, wha tthey dont eat, burrows, they hunt and it addds to the natural behavour... Id do this if I were you. Its also cheap...

One thing. the 125g... Whats the dimensions of this please. Dont mean to be a sour puss, but if its a thin tank, (IE under 18" in width) youll run into problems...

In any case, if I can be of any help, message me, or post here, and ill help.