View Full Version : Want to add a StingRay Pleco

05-15-2012, 12:01 AM
So I was at my LFS today looking for a bristle nose pleco but they had a bushy nose guy (which had a long fin which I don't think the bristle nose have and wouldn't be a good fit for my tank) and found this guy!


He seems labeled correctly (Sting Ray Pleco) and I think hes awesome!

I've always (I've only been in the fish game for like 8 months but still lol) wanted a Sting Ray but thats a far far goal from now (being their price and size and needs) so this guy seems perfect!

I researched real quick it seems they get only 4 inches max (which is what my LFS said, well that stay small) and that they need algae so I had to buy wafers, which is fine (I assume I can get any sized ones cause they just suck on it it seems, plus my RTS will help him out)

It said something about them needing a lot of oxygen or something?? I have a Aquaclear 50 and a Terta 10 running on the 40 gallon tank, so I assume I should be okay.... (I think the flow rates are on their highest)

His tank mates would be the Red Tail Shark and about 10 Tiger Barbs

Also I bought him a new piece of driftwood!

Think he would be an okay fit for my tank? I really like him!

(Sorry for lengthy post)

05-15-2012, 12:20 AM
"stingray pleco" is a less common name for what is normally called a Hillstream Loach. They're not actually a pleco. They require a specialized setup with very high water flow to thrive. They will not do well in a normal tank.

05-15-2012, 01:00 AM
+1 to what Brhino said. Here is a good article about them and their requirements:


05-15-2012, 01:02 AM
so thats a no go on the Stingray? :(

or do I have to add stuff for him?

05-15-2012, 01:08 AM
alright I just read through the article, seems like a no go unless I'm ready to buy and set up a tank just for them... which I don't think I am :(

Maybe in the future

05-15-2012, 06:14 AM
I have a group of them in a 20 high, filtration is a couple of aquaclear hob's and an air-driven sponge filter. The water is almost packed full of Najas, and there are also hundreds of cherry shrimp and a half-dozen LDA-08 pleco's sharing the tank. It's not a hillstream tank setup, but it does have decent water circulation. I certainly wouldn't recommend mixing them with tiger barbs or a redtail shark though, those are simply too aggressive for the Sewellia.